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Scirto, Don Pippinu Rosso, 2019

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Italy / Red / Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio / Organic, Biodynamic

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Scirto

Grape

Nerello Mascalese/Nerello Cappuccio

Wine Type

Red

Country

Italy

Region

Terre Siciliane, Italy

Vintage

2019

Alcohol

14%

Size

75cl

 

Vines here are 80 years old on average and include both Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Grapes are crushed by foot, fermented by native yeasts and co-fermented with a composition of approximately 85% Nerello Mascalese and 15% Nerello Cappuccio each year.

Notes on the producer

Cool climate wines from a Mediterranean island on the latitude of Tunisia? Yes. Welcome to Etna. Here, on the northern slopes of Sicily’s epic volcano, Giuseppe Scirto and Valeria Franco tend a true polyculture: 4 hectares of vines and 1 hectare of olive, nut, and lemon trees, all at 600-1,000 meters [1,900-3,200 feet] above sea level. Carricante, nerello mascalese, and nerello cappuccio planted between 1900 and 1930 in black volcanic sand and pumice soils work a slow magic. The vines can only extract nutrients over the most gradual timeframe, extending the life of the vine and concentrating a range of savory, mineral elements in the grapes and the wines. Giuseppe and Valeria’s personal history with the land coupled with the tiny, two-person scale of their farming give them a visceral grasp of grape and terroir. Working organically in the vineyards and with radical minimalism in the cellar, they bring forth wild and lively wines.

 

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