2019 Etna Rosato, Pietradolce, Sicily

Tasting Notes

From Nerello Mascalese grown at 700m on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. A beautifully refreshing Rosé.

Vineyard Information

Pietradolce in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna has become one of the finest producers in Sicily.

Established in 2005 they farm 11 hectares of vineyards at an altitude of between 600-900 feet above sea level, divided into three plots; Two of their sections are in the territory of Rampante, while the third lies in Zottorinoto. The soil at Pietradolce is characterised by stony, light, sandy loam and mineral deposits that are in abundance thanks to the local volcano. The Pietradolce winery credits the volcano for giving their wines the special characteristics that make them so unique.

Pietradolce only cultivate grape varieties that are native to Mount Etna, their 3 main varieties are Nerello Mascalese - a late harvesting grape creating light coloured wines that display a red fruit character and gentle tannins - allowing the wines to be approachable at a young age, but also suitable for ageing. Nerello Cappuccio typically has a black fruit character that tends to be softer and less precise than its Mascalese counterpart. There are those who say Cappuccio is to Mascalese, what Merlot is to Cabernet. Finally, the winery also grows Carricante, a white grape variety that makes up the excellent Etna Bianco and is occasionally used to soften red varieties like Nerello Mascalese. Etna Rosse, Etna Bianco and Etna Rosato make up this winery's core collection.

Colour Rosé Origin Italy
Region Rosé ABV 13.00%
Drink From 2020 Drink To 2022
Everyday drinking, Special occasion