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2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere

The Magic of Etna
March 9, 2019


Vines in Winter


The most serendipitous encounters on all my trips to Italian wine country involve meeting all of the wonderful dogs. Most wineries have great dogs living there and it is great for me to get to see them every year. Tenuta delle Terre Nere is Marco DeGrazia’s fabulous winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. We have been offering these wines to you for many years. It was here that I met Marco’s dog Joe. Joe is without question the happiest dog I ever met. He roamed freely through the mountainside and had lots of girl friends. Joe died in 2015 and today’s offer I am calling “a tribute to Joe”.

We were able to get a second release of the 2015 Terre Nere Etna Rossos for this offer. These are the two best red wines Terre Nere produces, what Marco calls his “Grand Crus”. The 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottano is a parcel that has the rockiest soil with black volcanic pumice stones everywhere. The vines are 50 to 100 years old. This is a complete powerful and balanced wine. There are two parcels within Calderara that are prephylloxera vines that are at least 130 years old. The 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino is a truly grand wine. This needs the most breathing time and is best served with a large number of small plates that will let you see how this wine grows and changes through the dinner. 

2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottano: Wide spectrum of flavors, bouquet and nuance. Floral and spicy, leathery and aromatic with an old vine creamy texture. Outstanding 62/bottle

2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino: Measured elegance, effortless sophistication. Superb85/bottle


Special six pack:

Combine any six bottles of the above for a 15% discount. 


Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: order@federalwine.com


           - Peter Hemenway