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Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2012

Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Harvested from the Tascante estates on the Etna volcano. It is an ageless vinegrowing passion made of volcanic black soil, dry lava stone walls and surrounded by the great biodiversity in the chestnut trees and oak forests often interrupted by "sciare" (lava flows) rich of musk and lichens, where man's hands can make more than any modern tractor. Made from Nerello Mascalese grapes cultivated on the north slopes of the volcano.

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Sleek and savory, this opens with aromas of blue flower, perfumed berry, thyme and a whiff of baking spice. The vibrant, delicious palate delivers a core of juicy black cherry interspersed with notes of cinnamon and licorice. Firm, polished tannins provide support and a smooth texture.
JS 91
James Suckling
A red with blueberry, blackberry, lemon-zest and mineral character. Some rose stem, too. Full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of fruit, too. From nerello mascalese. Drink now.
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Tascante, Sicily, Italy
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Since 1830, Tasca d'Almerita has been an expression of tradition and innovation in the wine industry. Today, it operates in five farms boasting the most suitable lands for wine production in Sicily, five estates in five territories for a unique way to interpret wine, including Tascante on Mt. Etna and Regaleali in the DOC Sclafani County. Tasca d’Almerita currently run by Count Lucio Tasca, along with his sons, Giuseppe, Vice President, and Alberto, CEO. Sicily is a land of sea and mountains, volcanoes and islands, from clay to sandstone and sandstone to white limestone, from the temperate climate of the sea to the continental climate; it boasts the unique heritage of over 40 native varieties of vines. The Etna is the tallest and most active volcano in Europe. A fascinating land, particularly fertile thanks to the numerous lava flows. The Etna DOC consists of small areas called districts and it represents an important portion of the wine-growing industry in Sicily. The area is located within the Etna Park, a protected natural area, to be safeguarded as much as possible. Here, it is possible to ski while overlooking the sea, a unique and breathtaking view. For several years, Tasca d'Almerita has followed the development and climatic trends of the entire DOC Etna region, having made wine experimentally using many types of grapes from those regions. The name Tascante is the result of the combination of Tasca and Etna. The Tascante project brings together two districts featuring 21 hectares located between the municipality of Castiglione and Randazzo. The Boccadorzo farm whose terraced vineyards remind one of an ancient Mayan structure and the 40 year old Sciaranova farm. 2008 was the year of our first harvest, from 12 hectares of vineyards, 750 meters above sea level.

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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