Region: Etna, Sicily, Italy
Perfect with: Crispy pork belly, steak or aged hard cheese
Ageing Potential: 10-15 years
Why you'll love it?
Calogero Statella is probably Etna’s most experienced and smartest winemakers. After graduating top of his class during his studies he was quickly snapped up by one of Italy’s wine giants Mezzacorona. After a decade working as the oenologist for Terre Nerre, one of the original pioneering wineries that put Etna on the map, Cal and his wife Rita decided to make their own wine. In 2016 he purchased a vineyard together with his wife Rita located in Pettinociarelle. The first thing you will notice about this wine is its incredible aromas, highly concentrated and intense. This is due to the high sand content in soil, similar to Guardiola cru. The vines are about 15 years old and have always been organically farmed. It’s made from 90% Nerello mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappucio.
In the glass, Statella’s 2016 is a bright, reflective ruby-red moving to pink at the rim, with a highly perfumed and detailed nose of red and black cherry, red currant, wild strawberry, warm spices, grilled herbs, and underbrush. Medium-bodied and silken-textured, it has the nerve and aromatic lift of well-made Burgundy Pinot Noir.