2019 'San Lorenzo' Etna Rosso 95VM
Mt. Etna, Sicily
$54.99 on 3+ (code: 3saves3)
95 pts Vinous Media
A total knock-out, the 2019 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is distinctly savory with an herbal-tinged blend of crushed ashen stones, dusty rose, dried black cherries and emerging traces of sweet clove. It washes across the palate with textures of pure silk, ushering in ripe red and hints of blue fruit that take on a slightly crunchy sensation toward the close. The 2019 tapers off long and staining, with fine-grained tannins that add a gentle tension as suggestions of black tea and sage slowly fade. This is a gorgeous rendition of San Lorenzo.
San Lorenzo is a single vineyard wine from a contrada in Randazzo. It sits 750-780 meters above sea level and the vines are now over 80 years old. The entire vineyard is around 8 hectares but only the oldest 1 hectare parcel of vines is selected for the single contrada bottling. The rest is used for A Rina and the Rosato.
The wine is almost entirely Nerello Mascalese but also have very small amounts of Nerello Cappuccio since the varieties are co-planted. San Lorenzo is fermented in a combination of formats - 2,600 liter barrels, cement, and vat.