Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante DOC

Located just outside the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, the Contrada Rampante cru is a semi-amphitheater, measuring 1.5 hectares/3.7 acres, featuring an ancient variety native to Etna, Nerello Mascalese. The vineyard is surrounded by olive trees, which provide some shelter from unpleasant weather conditions. It also benefits from stimulating day/night temperature swings, which favor slow ripening and crisp, complex aromas and structure. The soil is also full of iron and manganese. The result is a classic Etna interpretation; a powerful, muscular, juicy wine. A true expression of its terroir and a definite crowd-pleaser.


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos

Most recent awards

  • 2017 | Wine Advocate94
  • 2019 | James Suckling90
  • 2017 | Vinous93
  • 2016 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast89
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator91
Grape Varieties:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Fermentation container:

Concrete tanks

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

8 days

Type of yeast:

Cultivated

Fermentation temperature:

22-28 °C (71.6-82.4 °F)

Maceration technique:

traditional

Length of maceration:

18 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container size:

700 Lt

Container age:

2-5 years old

Type of oak:

French, fine-grained, light toast

Bottling period:

June

Aging before bottling:

14 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Yes

Vineyard name:

Contrada Rampante

Vineyard location:

Solicchiata, C.da Rampante, Mount Etna, Sicily

Vineyard size:

1.5 hectares (3.7 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic, stony, sandy loam

Vine training:

Alberello

Altitude:

850 meters (2,788 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

9000 plants per hectare

Yield:

25-30 q.li/Ha

Exposure:

Northern

Years planted:

1929, 1939

Age of vines:

pre-Phylloxera 80-90 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid-October

First vintage of this wine:

2014

Total yearly production (in bottles):

5,000 ‚¬

Tasting notes:

Deep character, complexity, red fruit and underbrush, a wonderful minerality and elegance.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with lamb and grilled steak.

Aging potential:

Up to 15 years

Alcohol:

Alc. Cont. by Vol.: 13.5%

Winemaker:

Michele e Mario Faro