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2015 Pietradolce "Barbagalli" Etna Rosso

SKU #1458288 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Here is a wine I always look forward to tasting. The 2015 Etna Rosso Barbagalli is made with extraordinary pre-phylloxera vines that range up to 120 years old. You definitely taste the rich concentration and focused aromatic intensity that is so unique to old vines. This wine is characterized by the very steady, slow-paced nature of its aromas that unfold with elegance and grace. Small forest berry is followed by licorice, tar and dried violets. To the palate, the wine is very firm, tightly knit and embroidered with lovely little details and nuances. The wine is aged in 700-liter oak casks (lightly toasted) for 20 months. (ML)  (12/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 Made from pure nerello mascalese, this soft and silky red with pretty leather, berries and chocolate, shows deep, terroir character. Smoky ash and pumice undertones to the dark fruit. Juicy and delicious.  (7/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully fragrant, exuding incense, exotic spice and wild herb aromas, this graceful version shows focus and complexity without excessive weight, layering the fine-grained tannins and poached black cherry, leather and mineral flavors on a bright, medium-bodied frame. (AN)  (10/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Fruit culled from vines up to a century old yielded a tightly wound wine that unfurls to reveal detailed and precise flavors of ripe red plum, licorice, fennel and black olive. Pair it with swordfish to complement the wine’s lithe frame, vibrant acidity and intense salinity.  (6/2019)

91 points Vinous

 Deep red. Rich and dense red cherry and strawberry flavors with hints of balsamic oils for added complexity. This enters big and round, but turns taut and lemony and hints at a touch of astringency on the long back end. Made from Nerello Mascalese vines planted at 900 meters above sea level on the northern slope of Etna in the area traditionally known as Barbagalli. As interesting and as outstanding this wine is, Nerello Mascalese, planted above 800 meters, just doesn’t reach full physiologic ripeness in many vintages. (ID)  (8/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made with old, pre-phylloxera Nerello Mascalese vines, this opens with earthy aromas of wild berry, blue flower, crushed stone, leather and just a whiff of barnyard. The full-bodied palate doles out Marasca cherry soaked in spirits, star anise, white pepper and a hint of game alongside fine-grained tannins. A salty mineral note marks the close. (KO)  (1/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Just mid ruby. Succulent cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of dried fruit indicating a warm year. Wonderful tannic bite and freshness and yet mouth-filling. Will be interesting to see how this ages. (WS) 17/20 points  (3/2018)

K&L Notes

Nerello Mascalese is a highly regarded, dark-skinned grape variety that grows most commonly on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Its wines, which have had a rapid upsurge in popularity in the last decade, have a tendency to reflect their terrior. Flavors and textures can be taut & fresh, fruity, herbaceous, with excellent minerality and earthy nuances. Nerello Mascalese wines sometimes have aromas reminiscent of Barolo and Burgundy.

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