The TERRE NERE estate is located on the northern slopes of the Mt. Etna volcano, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo. The area is historically recognised as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. The property consists of over 30 hectares, divided into 10 parcels in four crus, with a total vineyard surface of 25 hectares. Except for 6 hectares that were planted more recently, the rest of the estate’s vines are between 50 and 100 years old.
Four of the Terre Nere estate’s parcels lie in Calderara Sottana at an elevation of 600-700 metres. By far the rockiest cru in the appellation, in the roughest parts you can’t see the soil for the black volcanic pumice carpeting the vineyards.
Vineyard extension (hectares): 13.5
Blend: 98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio
Vineyard age (year of planting): Nerello Mascalese 1963,1913 and Nerello Cappuccio 1963,1913
Soil Type: Volcanic (volcanic ash specked by black pumice and solid volcanic rock)
Vinification and ageing: Simple, classic, Burgundian. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration on the skins between 10-15 days, malolactic fermentation and ageing in oak (25% new), bottling after 18 months without filtering
‘The 2013 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana shows a different personality compared to Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s other single-vineyard expressions. Calderara Sottana offers more balsamic definition with wild fennel, rosemary sprig, dark fruit and scorched earth. To my palate, it is the most ethereal of the bunch and the hardest to pin down given that the aromas are in constant evolution and flux. Pretty fruit and berry tones fill in the back. Despite the enormous definition presented on the bouquet, the wine is more immediate and direct in the mouth. Bright berry is followed by ash, smoke and dusty tannins. This vintage feels less complex overall but it should age nicely.’ – Wine Advocate 91-93