Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Very finely textured with rose-petals, strawberries and light cedar. Medium body. Caressing and beautiful.
Soft ripe red berry fruits spring from the glass. The palate is middle weight, fresh but not over ripe or extracted. Fresh finish.
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.
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.
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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.
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