SRC Rivaggi Etna Rosso 2016
The 2016 Mt. Etna Rosso ‘Rivaggi’ comes from a gorgeous, 70 year old vineyard of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Grenache, creating the estate’s most unique combination from this wildly active volcano. After a laborious hand-harvest, the grapes ferment spontaneously at the cellar in vat, and begin their aging in stainless steel tank for about 6 months, and then 2 months in used 500L French Tonneau, and then back to stainless steel to maintain the character of these two grapes as best as possible. The finished wine has seen no use of sulfur, and gives the greatest expression of the unique terroir the mountain provides. Ripping with fresh brambly fruit, wet stone, rose pedal, and sandalwood, this enticing aroma leads to a beautifully echoed palate that couples with a tannic force and a lively acidity that creates a phenomenal balance in this bold, yet elegant red.