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2019 Tenuta della Terre Nere Contrada Etna Rosso
LIMITED Prearrival Offer
May 11, 2021
Marco DiGrazia and his brother have been and are importers of fine Italian wines for many years. They wanted to buy some vineyards and start a winery. Out of all the many possibilities, they decided that Mount Etna in Sicily was the best place. According to the Contrada system, they bought all the best vineyards they could and decided to make and market these wines according to the Contrada system. This roughly means bottling everything as single vineyards. Tenuta Delle Terre Nere was born.
Marco kept us in the loop as this was happening. When the first wines were released, we were offered and sold the whole Massachusetts allocation. Of course, as time went on and the publicity got crazy, the wines became more and more allocated, and everyone wanted them. So each year, we get fewer cases. This offer will have to be on first-come, first-served basis. You have one week to place your orders. We have priced these wines, so you can order any mix of six bottles for the seriously discounted prices you see below.
The wines will arrive in a couple of months.
When I visited Terre Nere in 2017, Marco told me he decided to refer to these contrada as either premier cru or grand cru. We think he can justifiably compare these Etna vineyards to great Burgundy. Each of these wines has its own character. What they share are deep cherry fruit, flowers, and spice and balance.
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere
Guardiola is the highest elevation contrada with volcanic sand and basaltic pebbles. The wine has a powerful character and focused intensity.
Santo Spirito is next to but completely different from the craggy Guardiola contrada. The soil is deep rich volcanic ash. The wine is sophisticated and tender, luscious and sensual.
Feudo di Mezzo is a large parcel of homogenous volcanic soil. The wine has a dusky character with cedary, spicy, suave tannins and silky structure.
Moganazzi is a small parcel with beautiful biodiversity. The wine has a luminous character and a brilliant tightly woven structure.
San Lorenzo is one of two contrada that sit on ground from an ancient eruption. The ellitico eruption dates from 60,000 years ago. The wine has rich soft tannins and is velvety and voluptuous.
Calderara Sottana is the other contrada on the ellitico eruption. Floral and spicy, leathery and aromatic with a creamy texture.
Bocca D’Orzo, neighboring San Lorenzo, has long been considered one of the finest contrada but was almost entirely buried by lava in a 1981 eruption. Marco discovered a small island of vines that escaped the lava and in 2017 succeeded in buying this monopole vineyard. The 2019 is its first release. Marco added Dagala, Sicilian dialect for “island.” to the cru name. He was proud to show it to me that year.
One single vineyard inside Calderara Sottana conatines 100% Prepylloxera vines, 130 years old. Marco bottles this wine as Terre Nere Prephylloxera la Vigna di Don Peppino, and it is simply incredible. Monumental with heavenly elegance.
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere
Discounted Prearrival Prices
Premier Cru Contrada
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Santo Spirito: Outstanding 47/bottle Mixed six-pack: 39.95/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Guardiola: Outstanding 47/bottle Mixed six-pack: 39.95/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Feudo di Mezzo: Outstanding 47/bottle Mixed six-pack: 39.95/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Moganazzi: Outstanding 47/bottle Mixed six-pack: 39.95/bottle
Grand Cru Contrada
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Bagala di Bocca D’Orzo: Outstanding to Superb 92/bottle Mixed six pack 78/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere San Lorenzo: Outstanding to Superb 62/bottle Mixed six pack 52.70/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottano: Outstanding to Superb 62/bottle Mixed six pack 52.70/bottle
2019 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera la Vigna di Don Peppino: Superb 122/bottle Mixed six pack 99/bottle
ASK ABOUT MAGNUMS
Wine will arrive this summer
Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: email@example.com
- Peter Hemenway
downtown on orders more than $75;
in Greater Boston on orders more than $175