Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola 2013


SKU 10451


Tenuta delle Terre Nere is one of the most highly regarded estates in Sicily and the Guardiola is their flagship wine. The Guardiola cru is comprised of 2 vineyards with volcanic soils planted to 100% Nerello Mascalese, a native Sicilian grape. Both vineyards are almost all pre-phylloxera with traditional training and spacing of the vines on an extremely steep and terraced site on the north side of Mount Etna. At 800-900 meters above sea level, the Guardiola vineyard is at the highest altitude of any red-wine producing vineyard in Europe. Just to give you an idea of the relative altitude, the highest vineyard sites in Montalcino reach 500 meters above sea level. After organically farming the vines which range in age from 50-150 years, the grapes are hand picked and the wine is simply made with a 10-15 day maceration and fermentation, then 18 months in 25% new French oak barriques.

'Hard as it is to believe, proprietor Marc de Grazia continues to ratchet up the quality at Tenuta delle Terre Nere, his property on Mount Etna. Simply put, these are the most brilliant wines I have ever tasted from de Grazia.' Wine Advocate
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Appellation Etna
Brand Tenuta delle Terre Nere
  • wa93-95

Wine AdvocateMy mind wanders to the immense beauty of this stunning vineyard site when I taste the 2013 Etna Rosso Guardiola. Throughout my many years covering Italian wine, this is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever had the honor to visit. That otherworldly beauty - with volcanic stone walls, knotted pre-phelloxera vines, cherry trees and wild flowers with little shrines to the Madonna peeping through the vines - is forever etched in my memory. Guardiola is among my favorite Etna Contrade. This is a shapely and sophisticated expression with dark fruit tones of cassis and blackcurrant backed by crushed mineral and dried flowers. The tannins are firm and drying. This vintage far exceeds my expectations. 93-95

Monica Larner, September 2015