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2016 Tascante Etna Rosso Contrada - Exciting New Etna Wines

A Tribute to Italian Elegance at its Best
January 7, 2020

 

Tasca d'Almerita  

 

Tenuta Tascante is a wine estate that was put together by Giuseppe and Alberto Tasca d’Almerita on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. In recent years the wines of Mount Etna have been the most talked about and sought after on the planet. However, Alberto says the subtle reason Giuseppe bought the vineyards was that he liked the Il Picciolo Golf Club on Mount Etna so much. Anyway, they now bottle three Contrada wines. There are currently 132 Contradas or small regional wine areas on Mount Etna, defined by elevation, distinct lava soil types ranging from dust to small boulders, and history. These new releases are one of the chief reasons Tasca d’Almerita was named “ 2019 European Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, although I think everything else they do is also fantastic.

These wines are from the best locations on Etna. All are 100% Nerello Mascalese. The 2016 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Pianodario is in Randazzo and the wine is brightly floral with silky tannins. This is perhaps due to the very high elevation of this vineyard. The 2016 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Rampante, also in Randazzo, has good intensity and spiciness. The 2016 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Sciaranuova is in Castiglione di Sicila and gives us the richest fruit and also plenty of spice. These are wines for connoisseurs, with elegance, style and finesse.

 

2016 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Pianodario: Floral wine with roses, cherries, light smoke, cedar wood and raspberries. Spicy well integrated tannins with balancing acidity. Floral and elegant.  Excellent    53/bottle

2016 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Rampante:   Medium intense aromas and flavors of wild cherry, ripe loganberry, white pepper and roses. Tangible ripe tannins with a spicy medium bodied long finish. Excellent       53/bottle

2016 Tenta Tascante Etna Rosso Sciaranuova: Rich fruit, plum, blackberry, raspberry with cedar, leather, black pepper and clove. Long balanced spicy finish. Excellent        53/bottle

 

Special six pack: Two bottles of each of the above for a special price of $286 (48/bottle)

Special case: Four bottles of each of the above for a special price of $541 (45/bottle)

 

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           - Peter Hemenway