Le Vigne di Eli Etna Rosso 2012 Front Label
Le Vigne di Eli Etna Rosso 2012 Front Label

Le Vigne di Eli Etna Rosso 2012

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine displays an intense and bright ruby red color with red fruit aromas and mineral notes. Full in the mouth, similar to Burgundy wines, elegant and fresh.

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Etna Rosso is Marco de Grazia's signature style with pretty floral aromas of blue flower, pressed violets, cassis and drying volcanic ash. It delivers great value with tight tannins and a long, polished mouthfeel.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Tar and briar notes and a burly, tannic structure define the character of this bright red, with accents of coffee liqueur, dried herbs and incense building on the finish. This dense and well-knit version requires some short-term cellaring.
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Le Vigne di Eli

Le Vigne di Eli

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Le Vigne di Eli, Italy
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This small estate on the northern slope of Mount Etna was recently established by Marco de Grazia, owner of the nearby Tenuta delle Terre Nere. “Establishing Le Vigne di Eli - Marco says - was effortless. A simple act of love towards my little daughter Elena (Eli). It happened in 2006. I was offered first one, then another, tiny vineyard, both in exceptional crus: Feudo di Mezzo and Moganazzi-Voltasciara. I bought them, and since the parcels were so small and fine, I was somehow reminded of Elena. Thus, Le Vigne di Eli was born. To use Elena’s drawings as labels came naturally because I love her art work. And equally naturally came the impulse to have this “child’s estate” be a help to children in need. Thus a substantial part of the small proceeds go to a childrens’ hospital, the Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer in Florence. With this, the “children’s project came full circle.

Today, seeing the growing appreciation for Eli’s very fine wines, I’ve selected more tiny parcels of outstanding quality, contracting them, and releasing a bit more very fine wine. This includes a lovely Etna Bianco from a vineyard in Milo. And in the future I know I’ll surely be tempted by other precious little parcels. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.

The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.

For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau, Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.

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RAE130623_2012 Item# 140112

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