Terre Nera 2005 “Calderara Sottana”, Etna

Posted by Keith Wallace

The volcanic soils of the Etna DOC, like those created by the ancient activity of Campania’s Vesuvio, impart to its wines an expression of southern Italian power and flavor. The zone’s climate is unusual for Sicily – cooler, above-average moisture, more continental than the arid Mediterranean.

That makes it prime real estate for Nerello Mascalese, an aromatic and spicy, deeply black grape found in Faro DOC blends. Terre Nera’s unfiltered wine has an added touch of Cappuccio. It is fresh and complex with layers of dark berries and well-defined fruit flavors, mostly black cherries, and plum. The varietal aromatics of herbs and spices are enhanced by alternating scents of smoke and damp mushroomy earth.

This is a style of wine we don’t see enough of from Sicily – on the mark and true to its origins. As the island’s producers continue to hone their Old-New World crossover profile, it’s satisfying to find a wine of authenticity. More Sicilian wine ratings and reviews.

1 thought on “Terre Nera 2005 “Calderara Sottana”, Etna”

  1. Good morning,

    About the wines from Sicily, I can offer you a trip to Sicily, Italy to taste the good wines of Sicily.

    http://www.capirossa.com (In the Netherlands I have won the 1 Price of the Capirossa I.G.T. (Nerello Mascalese & Cabernet Sauvignon)

    These wineproducers bought an old American Schoolbus, renovated everything and in 2009 the bus will be active to drive wine-lovers on the vulcan The Etna.
    If you clich on the hyperlink you can see some pictures of the bus:

    If you need any information, do not hesitate to call me.

    I am Italian, but live in the Netherlands and import South Italian Wines.

    Angelica’s Italian Wines
    Buitendijk 48
    4273 GB Hank
    The Netherlands
    Tel.: +31(0)6 515 38 616
    Fax.:+31(0)162 40 45 82

    Kindest Regards,
    Angelica M. Frittitta


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