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Pietradolce Etna Rosso Vigna Barbagalli 750ml 2011
Sku: 1908192*
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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: Etna
Grape Varietal: Nerello Mascalese
Type: Still wine
Classification: DOC
Reg. 102.99
On Sale $81.99
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Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2011 Etna Rosso Vigna Barbagalli was a difficult wine for me to score given the wide bottle variation I encountered. Fruit is sourced from 100-year-old vines planted without rootstock on the northern slopes of Etna at 900 meters above sea level. The wine is not completely transparent and the aromas take a few moments of aeration before they develop. There is dried fruit, cassis, mineral, ash, pressed rose petal and dusty earth. Dry tannins form a firm backbone that holds the wine together. It might just need a few years in the cellar to sort itself out. Drink 2016-2020. (May 2014)

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Pietradolce was established in 2005 and was founded in Solicchiata, an area within the district of the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the Northern slopes of Etna. There are little over 27 acres of vineyards that grow at a height of between 2,000 and 3,000 feet above sea level and are divided into three sections, two of which fall within the territory of Rampante and the other which falls in the territory of Zottorinoto. The vineyards are composed of stony, light, sandy loam, with abundant mineral elements. The soil is the result of the numerous eruptions by Mount Enta throughout the centuries, which gives the wines special characteristics, and makes them completely unique. Mount Etna enjoys a unique micro-climate that is cooler than other areas in Sicily. The temperatures in winter can be close to freezing point and in the summer, the heat is never excessive. There can also be a large swing between daytime and nighttime temperatures, sometimes up to 20F. This difference in temperature means extraordinary fragrance and finesse in the wines. The Pietradolce philosophy, in the words of Michele Faro, owner of Pietradolce, “At the heart of our philosophy is a love for our land which is equaled by the respect with which we treat it. We look to the rich local traditions for all that is best in them and then combine these with a wise use of modern viticultural techniques to give life to our passion: the wines of Etna.”

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