Il Musmeci Etna Rosso DOC 2011

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This wine is dedicated to the Musmeci family, in particular, Mr. Musmeci, who for so many years looked after these estate vineyards ("I vigne di Fessina") with so much love that today the winery is able to cultivate 80-year-old vines. This cru-level wine is made from a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio from the oldest vines of the estate grown on the highest hills. The resulting wine is unparalleled in richness, concentration, and depth.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, exuberant notes of smoky minerality and red fruits complement undertones of spices, black cherry, and violets. On the palate, it is rich and textural, with well-integrated tannins and a long, evolving finish. 

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with veal dishes, tomato sauces, veal parmigiana, and quiche Lorraine.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Etna DOC
Vineyard name:
The Contrada Rovittello vineyard
Vineyard size:
18 acres
Soil composition:
Volcanic Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
2,200 feet
Vines/acre:
3,200
Yield/acre:
2.8 tons
Exposure:
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1920
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2007
Bottles produced of this wine:
15,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10-12 days
Fermentation temperature:
81-86 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
2-3 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels and Tonneaux
Size of aging container:
35 HL and 500 L
Age of aging container:
One-Fifteen years and One-Three years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
15 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months

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