Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Wine Label
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Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021

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Vintage: 2021
  • DEC 96
  • JS 95
  • VIN 94
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    From the renowned Tenuta delle Terre Nere winery, crafted under the expertise of Marco De Grazia, comes the Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021. This exquisite red wine originates from the northern slopes of Mount Etna, an area celebrated for its unique volcanic soil and ancient viticultural heritage. With vines ranging from 60 to 100 years old, this vintage reflects a profound connection to the land, embodying the essence of the local terroir in every sip.

    The Terre Nere winery is meticulous about maintaining a harmonious relationship with nature, evident in their cultivation practices on the rocky, volcanic terrain of Calderara Sottana. This wine is sourced from stony soils rich in pumice and basalt, which are indicative of the vineyard’s rugged landscape. The harsh conditions and minimal soil fertility stress the vines, concentrating the flavors in the grapes. The winemaking process includes spontaneous malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques and tonneaux, followed by aging for 16-18 months, and a final refinement in steel for one month before bottling unfiltered.

    In the glass, Terre Nere Etna Rosso displays a deep ruby color with a glint of garnet that hints at its youthful exuberance. Its vibrant appearance is a prelude to the complexity of aromas and flavors that follow.

    The nose is immediately struck by an intense bouquet of red and black fruits, predominantly cherries and blackberries, intertwined with floral notes of violet. This fruit-driven aroma is beautifully layered with subtle nuances of spice, cocoa, and the distinct minerality of volcanic ash—a signature of its terroir.

    On the palate, Terre Nere Etna Rosso reveals a perfect marriage of power and elegance. The entry is robust yet refined, offering a tapestry of flavors that echo the nose. Juicy red berries dominate, supported by a lively citrusy acidity from hints of blood orange. The medium-bodied structure is supremely balanced, with silky tannins that impart a creamy texture and a hint of chalky minerality, reminiscent of the wine’s rocky origins. The evolution on the palate introduces mild spices and a subtle earthiness, culminating in a long, creamy finish that resonates with a touch of bitter orange and plum.

    The finish of this wine is impressive, lingering long after each sip, with a silky, creamy texture that evokes the description given by Don Peppino, a local vigneron who passionately tended these vineyards for over 70 years. His term “creamy” aptly describes the smooth, enveloping feel of this wine, which leaves a lasting impression of elegance and depth.

    Terre Nere Etna Rosso is versatile in its pairing capabilities. Its robust profile complements a range of dishes, from noble poultry to white meat ragù. The wine’s structure and depth make it an ideal companion for richer dishes such as pork loin in milk, rabbit in white wine, or lamb roasted with herbs. Its balance of fruit and minerality also makes it suitable for pairing with aged cheeses and complex, spicy cuisines.

    To fully appreciate its breadth of flavors, Terre Nere Etna Rosso should be served at a temperature of 16-18°C (60-64°F). Decanting the wine for an hour before serving can enhance its aromas and flavors, making the tasting experience even more enjoyable.

    This vintage has not gone unnoticed in the wine world, receiving accolades from several prominent critics. Decanter awarded it 96 points, praising its deep and full aroma and silky finish. James Suckling gave it 95 points for its vibrancy and juicy, fruit-forward nature. Vinous appreciated its complex and energetic profile, assigning it 94 points. These reviews underscore the wine’s exceptional quality and the mastery behind its production.

    The 2021 Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana stands out as a testament to the unique volcanic terroir of Mount Etna and the skilled hand of winemaker Marco De Grazia. It is a wine that offers not only a taste but an experience, encapsulating the rich history and rugged beauty of its origins. Whether enjoyed in its youth or allowed to age gracefully, this wine promises to deliver pleasure and sophistication with every glass.

    15 reviews for Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021

    1. Patricia Gercak

      The Terre Nere winery has hit a home run with this Etna Rosso. The balance of chocolate, blackberry, fig, and pomegranate is truly sublime.

    2. Leta Ocampo

      The rich flavors of the Etna Rosso Terre Nere – a hint of cherry, a touch of earthy minerals, and a dash of raspberry – make it a must-try.

    3. George Williams

      The Terre Nere wine is a journey through the senses. The hint of tobacco and cranberry, with a dash of red cherry, makes it an experience worth savoring.

    4. Susan Pesce

      The Terre Nere winery has outdone itself with this one. The blend of strawberry and leather is so unique, it’s a sensory delight.

    5. Cheryl Carr

      The hint of coffee, dark chocolate, and white pepper in the Terre Nere wine is a delight. It’s a drink to be savored, not rushed.

    6. Sarah Dumlao

      The 96 points by Decanter for the Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 is well deserved. It’s a harmony of flavors – vanilla, plum, and a touch of pepper.

    7. Rhonda Tucker

      The Etna Rosso Terre Nere is a symphony of flavors – raspberry, cherry and a hint of smoke. It’s like a beautiful sunset in a glass.

    8. David Carmona

      The Terre Nere winery’s Etna Rosso is a delight. The blend of red fruit, oak, and smoke makes it a wine worth savoring.

    9. Johnny Caddle

      The recommended by James Suckling is spot on. The Tenuta delle Terre Nere winery has created magic with this blend of licorice, cinnamon and violet.

    10. Carol Hankins

      The Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 is a true marvel, the perfect blend of red fruit and earthy undertones. A must-try for wine lovers.

    11. Clara Carman

      The Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 is a masterpiece. The blend of tobacco, cranberry, and red cherry is a delight for the senses.

    12. Karin Romero

      The cream and cedar undertones in the Terre Nere wine are a surprise, but a pleasant one. Add a touch of blueberry, and it’s perfection in a bottle.

    13. Jean Owenby

      The Tenuta delle Terre Nere winery’s masterpiece, the Etna Rosso Terre Nere, is a dance of flavors – clove, savory, nutmeg, and a hint of black cherry.

    14. Carl Lynch

      The stone and forest floor notes in the Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 makes it an adventure for the taste buds.

    15. Tom Nabb

      The earthy undertones of the Terre Nere Etna Rosso, combined with the hint of mushroom, tar, and ash, makes it a treat for the palate.

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    Critical Acclaim

    DEC 96
    Another of Terre Nere's ‘Grande Terroir Ellittico’ wines, Calderara Sottana is from stonier, rockier volcanic soil than even San Lorenzo to the west. Vinified and aged in the same way – as are all of Marco De Grazia's contrada reds – it offers a deep, full aroma of pure red and black fruits with some violet, spice, balsam and cocoa overtones. Fleshy, succulent and sapid, this is an incredibly beautiful Nerello Mascalese, with purity of red fruits underlined by some spice and stoniness, a hint of salinity and a long, silky, creamy finish. So inviting.
    JS 95
    James Suckling
    This is more vibrant with red berries, blood oranges, light spices and hints of terra-cotta. Medium-bodied, juicy and fruit-forward with tangy acidity and dusty tannins. Hints of bitter orange at the end. Long and chalky yet very attractive and enjoyable now.
    VIN 94
    From the moment the glass is tilted, the 2021 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Vineyard shines through as crushed stones, ash and sweet smoke give way to vivid black cherries and autumnal spice. The 2021 Etna Rosso is elegant, silky and deeply textural, with salty mineral tones and gobs of red and black fruits, all perfectly maintained by a core of vibrant acidity. This is complex yet full of energy and sultry depths, tapering off saline and structured with grippy tannins that frame a lasting resonance of licorice and plums. These old vines handled the drought of the vintage beautifully, showing only in the grit of its tannins. Otherwise, the 2021 is pure magic.

    What does Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, pear, melon

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    lemon, orange, lime

    cheese, cream, banana

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, rhubarb

    raisin, fig, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, dried flowers, perfume

    Food Pairing with Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021

    Our wine experts think this Wine Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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