Grape Of The Week: Nerello Mascalese

If you like Pinot Noir or lighter-style Zinfandels, you’re gonna love Nerello Mascalese. Primarily found on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, Nerello Mascalese spans across 3,000 hectares. It is believed to be an offspring of Sangiovese and Mantonico Bianco, a small varietal found in Marche and Calabria. A reflection of its terroir, Nerello Mascalese showcases notes of wild strawberry, cherry, leather, and volcanic rock.

Pietro Caciorgna Ciauria Etna Rosso 2022 Form The Greene Grape

Pietro Caciorgna Ciauria Etna Rosso 2022

Winemaker Paolo Caciorgna started making Ciauria with the goal of creating an everyday Etna Rosso that would demonstrate the beauty of Etna's wines, while maintaining a humble simplicity. This 100% Nerello Mascalese is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months in neutral barrels. Fresh and fun, this wine is spicy and exotic, with a burst of tangerine that evolves into a mix of ginger, young strawberries and dried roses. Light-to-medium bodied, it's round and juicy, with fleshy, ripe red fruits offset by hints of sour melon, herbs, and minerality.

Vineyard Photo Courtesy of Pietro Caciorgna