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Tascante Il Tascante Nerello Mascalese 2014

Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Produced in a wine-producing area of Sicily unlike any other, in a territorywith a strong energy, at the vineyard that symbolizes the Volcano. The wineshave a rich tannic structure and a typical aromatic intensity, with mineral notessupported by a pleasant freshness. Black soil, volcanic rock walls, biodiversityin the groves full of chestnuts and downy oaks, dry lava flows from differenteras. Tascante is our interpretation of the Nerello Mascalese variety, cultivatedin the oldest vineyards at the Contrada Sciaranova Estate, on the North- Eastslope of the volcano.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tascante's 2014 Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Il Tascante offers two distinct sides. On the one hand, it shows a lighthearted and delicate approach with wild berry, cassis and rose petal. On the other hand, the wine extends far beyond primary aromas to offer more complex layers of cola, brimstone and pencil shaving. There are light layers of balsam spice and leather as well. The finish closes with firm astringency that could use another year of bottle aging.
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Wine Spectator
An elegant red, this layers flavors of dried cherry and citrus with hints of mint and spice, structured by fine-grained tannins and a subtle, smoky underpinning. Light- to medium-bodied, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2025.
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Tascante
Tascante, 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.
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A large, geographically and climatically diverse island, just off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. But it is also a wonderful source of diverse, high quality red and white wines. Steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades, Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region is finally receiving the accolades it deserves and shining in today's global market.

Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, variations on the sun-drenched island range from cool Mediterranean along the coastlines to more extreme in its inland zones. Of particular note are the various microclimates of Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where vineyards grow on drastically steep hillsides and varying aspects to the Ionian Sea. The more noteworthy red and white wines that come from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna include Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante (whites). All share a racy streak of minerality and, at their best, bear resemblance to their respective red and white Burgundies.

Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, and is great either as single varietal bottling or in blends with other indigenous varieites or even with international ones. For example, Nero d'Avola is blended with the lighter and floral, Frappato grape, to create the elegant, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, one of the more traditional and respected wines of the island.

Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, 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 indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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