Grown at 2,100 feet above sea level in deep pumice stone soils, the fruit destined for Musmeci is a vineyard selection sourced from old, some centenarian, vines grown in one of the premier crus on the northern side of the volcano. Musmeci showcases the elegance and finesse of the Nerello Mascalese grape, whose tannic structure is refined over 16-20 months in oak barrels of various sizes and further aging in bottle for at least four years before release. It possesses the ripe, red cherry fruit that defines the Mascalese grape, alongside its signature acidity, minerality, and tannin.
Grape varieties95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio
Antonio Galloni on the 2009 vintage, 93+ points: "Sweet red cherries, flowers and mint are all woven together in the 2009 Etna Rosso Il Musmeci. The Musmeci is one of the most gracious, elegant and complete wines I taste from the Etna this year. It possesses breathtaking purity and delineation, with phenomenal balance and no sense of excess heaviness whatsoever. The 2009 will be a fascinating wine to follow over the next decade, give or take. The Musmeci is 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio that spent 15 months in cask and tonneaux."