Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante DOC

100% Nerello Mascalese. Pietradolce “Contrada Rampante” Etna Rosso DOC is bright scarlet red in color and shows notes of red berries, underbrush, and minerality. On the palate, the wine is elegant with an excellent sense of balance and finesse.

“At the heart of our philosophy is a love for our land which is equaled by the respect with which we treat it. Pietradolce is a boutique winery that works in traditional ways, using mostly pre-Phylloxera vineyards at 900 meters (about 3,000 feet) above sea level on the northern slopes of Mount Etna.”


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos

Most recent awards

  • 2018 | Vinous Media90
  • 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