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2006 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso La Vigna Di Don Peppino Prephylloxera

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June 9, 2024 - $120



3 BicchieriGambero Rosso

95The Wine Advocate

Sweet, perfumed aromatics meld into an explosive palate of dark fruit intermingled with scents of tar, black cherries, toasted oak and minerals.. striking depth and clarity in a sumptuous, full-bodied style.

92Wine Spectator

This is very structured. Aromas of plum and sliced lemon follow through to a full body, with lots of fruit and a long, powerful finish.


Tenuta Delle Terre Nere

Tenuta delle Terre Nere is a 55-acre estate on the northern slopes of Mount Etna, in Sicily. It is owned by Marc de Grazia, who grows grapes entirely organically without any chemicals or pesticides. The name of the estate means “black soil,” and is taken from the look of the volcanic soil in the area around the volcano Mount Etna. In the Etna Ross appellation, wines must be at least 80% Nerello Mascalese and also include some Nerello Cappucio. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has given several of the estate’s red wines the highest possible rating of 3 bicchiere, or glasses. The estate also makes white wines.


Italy, Sicily, Etna

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and, with its 329,000 vineyard acres, Italy’s largest wine region by acreage and the quantity of wine produced. Nevertheless, only 2.1% of all Sicilian wine is DOC, or wine made according to appellation standards. Until the 1970s Sicilian wine grapes either went to make Marsala, the sweet dessert wine introduced by 18th century British wine merchants, or to cooperatives that specialized in bulk wine production. But in 1968 Sicily was awarded its first DOC, which was the Etna DOC on the southern slopes of Mt. Etna, and today there are 19 DOCs. Along with the Maremma on Tuscany’s western coast, Sicily is considered the most exciting winemaking region in Italy. Longtime family agricultural estates are being turned into high quality commercial wineries, and because land prices are low compared to other parts of Italy, enterprising young winemakers and viticulturalists – many of whom practice organic and sustainable farming – have started wineries in Sicily. Marsala is still produced, and the Marsala business is one reason why 60% of Sicily’s vineyards are planted to Catarratto, the white grape used as a base for Marsala. But dry white wines are made from Inzolia, Malvasia, Zibbio and Chardonnay. But it is Sicily’s big, complex red wines that are grabbing the attention of wine enthusiasts. Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most common red grape, and it produces rich, somewhat spicy wines. Other red grapes are Nerello Mascalese, Frappato and French varietals.