Vivera Etna Rosso Martinella
This terrific Etna Rosso, which takes its name from the contrada Martinella on the North-Eastern slope of Mt. Etna, is a blend of 90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio, all organically grown. Grapes here benefit from cool mountain climate and rich volcanic soils.
A smoky, slightly vegetal aroma sets the stage. The red fruit is sweet and focused, and there’s a note of bitter cocoa that is typical of Nerello Mascalese. The tannins are refined and nicely balanced with the mineral finish. It will pair well with homemade pasta with porcini mushrooms, pork and all savory meat dishes.
– 2010 rated 93 W&S, 90 WS
– 2011 rated 91 WS, 91 W&S
– 2012 rated 91 WS, 92 Vinous, 90 WE
– 2013 rated 94 JS, 90 WE, 91 Vinous
– 2014 rated 91 Vinous
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio
Irene Vaccaro, Loredana Vivera
The wine is racked and matures in used 225lt French oak barriques for about 24 months, and it is refined in bottle for an additional 16 months before release. Martinella has proven to evolve beautifully with bottle age and the release of the most recent vintages has been purposely delayed to allow the wine to fully develop prior to release.
Linguaglossa, Contrada Martinella. Planted in 2003.
Grapes are carefully selected and picked by hand usually during the first half of October. Fermentation at controlled temperatures (79-84F) for 15 days.
ORIENTATION North-Eastern slope of Mt. Etna
ALTITUDE 600 meters above sea level
TYPE OF PLANTING 100% Certified Organic
SOIL Volcanic soil with abundant rounded stones
TYPE OF CULTIVATION Vertical trellis, spur pruned cordon. 5,500 plants per hectare.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 13.5%