2017 Etna Rosso, Pietradolce, Sicily, Italy
"Simple and fine, the 2017 Etna Rosso by Pietradolce shows an elegant but approachable personality. You get small-berry aromas with smoke, ash and crushed stone. The mouthfeel is thin and compact, but those small-berry flavors do last. I'd suggest a pairing with thin crust pizza or easy pasta dishes at home. This is a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese aged in large oak casks for three months. Some 15,000 bottles were made." Monica Larner
Established in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna, Pietradolce has become one of the finest wine producers from Sicily in a very short time. Their flagship , an Etna Rosso wine called Vigna Barbagalli, has already received 100 points from James Suckling. There are 11 hectares of vineyards at the Pietradolce winery, between 600-900 feet above sea, with three plots spanning two different territories (Rampante and Zottorinoto).