Calabretta Gaio Gaio Rosso $18.00
Earthy and delicious Sicilian red farmed naturally on the steep sides of Mt Etna. These are the younger vines and the wine spends less than a year in oak. But it packs a punch with red cherry, blueberry and earthy charm.
Soft nose of blackberry, tobacco, spice and volcanic earth with a little hint of Kirsch as well. Explosive cherry flavor with a nice structure to finish. Really fun. I know there are cheaper ones out there, but this is the liveliest, and a delicious expression of the grape. Just enhanced with a few months in 2nd pass French oak.
On the north side of Etna, the Calabrettas are a fourth generation family of winemakers farming near 100 year old ungrafted, organic vines. Truly a remarkable wine. 10 years old and still a little tight but giving up huge leather, blueberries, violets and black licorice aromas and flavors. Pretty much buries any new world red blends costing twice as much.