Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Granache
Nerello Mascalese 80%, Nerello Cappuccio 10%, Granache 10%. Vinupetra is an Etna Rosso produced in the Vigna Calderara in Contrada Porcaria along the northern slopes of Mt. Etna at an elevation of 580 metres. The vineyard covers 0.85 hectares with an average vine age of 100 years, with only Etnean Alberello (a local form of bush-training) and 1m x 1m vine spacing. In Sicilian dialect, Vinupetra means “wine produced in a land full of stones”. Harvested in the second half of October, the grapes are crushed, of which 30% with the stalks. Maceration on the skins for 15 days in wooden casks, with the alcoholic fermentation completed in 10 days. The wine then ages in casks/barrels of 225L and 500L for 12-18 months and in the bottle for at least 1 year. On average only 1,000 bottles of this wine are produced every year.
"The 2021 Etna Rosso Vinupetra is wonderfully perfumed and spicy with an array of violet and rose giving way to cloves, dried black cherries and ash. This is elegance personified, like pure silk on the palate, with masses of wild blueberry and tart blackberry energized by vibrant acidity. There isn't a hard edge in sight, as the 2021 finishes long and lightly structured with a dusting of chalky minerals and fine tannins that mingle under an air of sweet inner florals, tapering off with a pleasantly bitter tinge. The Vinupetra shows the wild and exotic character of the vintage while remaining perfectly balanced. Wow."
94 pts, Eric Guido, Vinous