Sicily, Italy

Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2020

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, in the village of Rovittello (Castiglione di Sicilia), on the northern slope of Mount Etna, particularly suited for Nerello Mascalese.

      Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso

      Altitude:750 m a.s.l. / 2,500 ft a.s.l.

      Climate: Mountain climate, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with high ventilation and significant temperature excursions.

      Vine Age: Mostly young

      Training: Head-trained, short-pruned bush vines (“alberello”) grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls

      Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)

      Vine Density: Approximately 8,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,239 vines per acre)

      Yield: 6,500 kg/ha

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked during the 4th week of October, de stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, with a 21 days long maceration, using a specific indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The maturation then continues in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks.

    • Aging: In tonneaux of French oak (used) for 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks. Followed by 10 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese, the noble indigenous red grape of Mount Etna
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2022 - 2035
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color: Pale, ruby
      Scent: Ethereal, spicy, with scents of red fruit
      Taste and Body: Dry, medium-to-full bodied, distinctively tannic, balanced and persistent

    • Serving Suggestions: A wine particularly suited for red meats, wild fowl and mature cheese. Serve at 18 - 19° C



  • Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    “This expressive red leads with an overtone of tar-tinged mineral and sage, a fragrant thread winding through flavors of baked raspberry and currant fruit, with hints of red licorice and spiced orange peel. Dense tannins pull the flavor profile close toward the firm, minerally finish.”

  • Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2020 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

    “A restrained nose of new books, new leather and sharpened pencils turns raw and tannic with cherries and steak jus, and wild strawberries, pomegranate seeds and brick paving reinforce this on the palate. With tightly coiled, clingy tannins and acid firing straight down the middle there's time to spare here.”