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Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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3.7 82 Ratings
750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The flavors of red berries, Morello cherry, and black cherry have a freshness balanced by a soft, round mouthfeel that maintains its liveliness. Light herbal notes, firm but subtle tannins and bright, balanced acidity create a persistent, intensely-flavored finish.

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WE 93
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Rose, wild red berry, Mediterranean brush and crushed stone aromas form an enticing fragrance. Smooth, linear and vibrant, the ethereally elegant palate delivers crushed strawberry, raspberry, blood orange and mint alongside polished tannins and bright acidity. A tangy saline note lingers on the close. Drink through 2026. Editors' Choice
JS 92
James Suckling

Very finely textured with rose-petals, strawberries and light cedar. Medium body. Caressing and beautiful.

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COMMENTARY: The best wines from the Etna Rosso DOC are often some of the world's top values. The 2016 Tornatore offers delicious and well-balanced flavors that make it a perfect wine with a meal. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows more than just fruit, it displays nuances from its geographical region. Its aromas and flavors of red fruit, dried leaves, and savory earth and beautifully balanced. Pair it with a rotisserie chicken. (Tasted: April 5, 2018, San Francisco, CA USA)
D 90
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Soft ripe red berry fruits spring from the glass. The palate is middle weight, fresh but not over ripe or extracted. Fresh finish.


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The beginning of the cultivation of the vine, with the production of wine, by the Tornatore Family dates back to 1865 when the great-grandfather of the current owner embarks on the agricultural activity. In 1910 Giuseppe, the current owner's grandfather, built a house with annexed millstone in Contrada Piano Fiera with adjacent 2 hectares of vineyard to which two more were added on the north side of Etna in the Piano Felci area at 1,000 meters above sea level. has always had a detailed knowledge of the territories of the town of Castiglione di Sicilia since the grandfather Giuseppe and uncle Giovanni were appointed cadastral indicators in the early 30s, accompanying the surveyor to detect particles, to define borders and names of districts. The construction of an oil mill annexed to the millstone dates back to that period, which was active in the various technological evolutions until the 1970s. A family, therefore, with deep roots in the territory of origin, which in subsequent generations has never neglected the attachment and respect of the same and of the traditions.

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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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