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Fessina Musmeci Etna Rosso 2011

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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, exuberant notes of smoky minerality and red fruits complement undertones of spices, black cherry, and violets. On the palate, it is rich and textural, with well integratedtannins and a long, evolving finish.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is Tenuta di Fessina's top-shelf wine. The 2011 Etna Rosso Riserva Il Musmeci (100% Nerello Mascalese) is a silky and streamlined wine that has softened over time in the bottle. Its texture is very fine and subtle. The wine shows a dark garnet color with light highlights of brown and amber. The bouquet has moved into a tertiary stage as there is little bright fruit left. Instead, you get ethereal aromas of tar, licorice and campfire ash. The wine is at a perfect point in its drinking window now, but I wouldn't wait too much longer. Perhaps Tenuta di Fessina should release this Riserva a year or two earlier? Bottle production is 9,000 units strong.
JS 90
James Suckling
This shows aromas of ginger with raspberries and rosemary. Light yet flavorful with a clean finish. Drink now.
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Fessina, Sicily, Italy
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Founded in 2007 by winemaker Silvia Maestrelli and her husband, Roberto Silva. The Fessina Estate is located in the small village of Rovittello, about eight miles east of Randazzo. Given its distinct location, the terroir of the vineyards is composed of centuries-old lava deposits that yield strikingly individual wines in a class by themselves. In addition to the main estate, the winery includes two additional vineyards — a tribute to Sicily’s incredibly fertile, bountiful landscape. Tenuta di Fessina is a testament to the beauty and splendor of its surroundings: the magnificence of the region is reflected in the wines.

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Tenuta di Fessina is located in Rovittello, a small, picturesque village in the heart of Castiglione di Sicilia. The estate lies in the shadows of Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, which adds to the mystique of this incredible property.

A large, geographically and climatically diverse island off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. It is also home to red and white table wines that have been steadily increasing in quality and popularity over the past few decades, allowing Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region to shed its former image as merely a supplier of bulk wine. Certainly, plenty of bulk wine is still made here, but those who look beyond that will find plenty of high-quality wines for every-day drinking as well as bottles from boutique producers who espouse thoughtful vineyard practices (the organic wine movement thrives here). Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, there is some variation on the sun-drenched island, particularly at high elevation on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Although Sicily’s comeback began with clever labels and easily recognizable international varieties, its charm lies in its indigenous grapes. Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, responsible for full-bodied, berry fruited wines throughout the island. In Cerasuolo di Vittoria, it is blended with the lighter, more floral Frappato to create an elegantly balanced wine. On the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, many noteworthy wines are being produced in every color—whites from Cataratto and Carricante, and rosés from Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. All of these wines share a racy streak of minerality and at their best can bear more than a slight resemblance to their respective Burgundies. Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are used to produce generally simple, crisp dry whites. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

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