Calcaneus "Feudo di Mezzo" Etna Rosso 2016
Nerello Mascalese｜Etna, Sicily
Mount Etna is a magical, unique, foreboding place. To this day, it's one of the most active volcanoes in the world; It's been continuously rocked by eruptions for nearly half a billion years. From the Gauls, to Celts, the Visigoths and the Moors, nearly society from every epoch of humankind at one time occupied or mythologized the island of Sicily. The Moors called it the "Mountain of Fire" and the Greeks believed that Hephaestus, the god of forging and blacksmithing, lived beneath the mountain.
Volcanic provenance is on full display in this "Calcaneus" rosso from the Calcagno brothers. Feudo di Mezzo is the closest thing to a Sicilian "Grand Cru" site and is one of the most cherished plots of land on the north slope of Etna.
Sicily's signature varietal, Nerello Mascalese, makes up the majority of the blend at 95%, with its sister grape Nerello Cappuccio at 5%. These grapes thrive on the volcanic pumice-stone soils of Mount Etna. Here it takes on an almost Pinot-like delicacy framed by red flower aromatics, smoky minerals, and chewy, candied raspberry fruit. And again, as one finds with fine Pinot Noir, an elegant tension between its soft, caressing fruit and nervy, volcanic intensity lives up to the "iron fist in a velvet glove" analogy of power and delicacy wrapped in one.
If terroir and a true sense of place is what you seek in fine wine, look no further than this immensely pleasing Sicilian volcanic rosso.