GRAPES: 100% Nerello Mascalese.
APPELLATION: Etna Rosso DOP.
CLIMATE AND HARVEST: The winter of 2016/2017 was rather cold with lavish rain falls. In February an abundant snow shower brought about 80 cm of snow. There was sustained rainfall throughout March. Nevertheless, the beginning of the growing season in April was characterised by sunny days and the increase of temperatures which led to a spring trend on average. From June onwards, the vintage was dry and very warm reaching peaks of 42° C both in July and August. However, beneficial temperature variation between day and night balanced the growing season and increased the flavour concentration of the berries. Very little rainfall followed and only fell close to the time of harvesting in beneficial quantities. The harvest itself started in the second half of September, 10 days earlier than the previous year.
TASTING NOTES: Sweet aromas, like marzipan, sour black cherry and mulberry rise from the glass. The wine shows notes of candied citrus fruits, tomato leaves and oregano. Idda has a clear expression of ripe and sweet fruit on the palate. Remarkably Burgundian in weight and style for a wine from somewhere so completely different.
WINEMAKING: Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks partially in oak and in concrete vats. Followed by 24 months of ageing in oak and concrete.