2016 '466' Palmento Costanzo

Grapes Nerello Cappucio, Nerello Mascalese
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Sicily
Other Practising Organic
District Etna
ABV 13.5%

This is from parcel 466 of the Palmento Costanzo estate and is matured in wooden eggs for 24 months prior to bottling. Sleek and concentrated dark fleshy fruit, herbs, aniseed, cherry and wild strawberry. In the mouth the wine is intense, sleek, with a concentrated mineral undertow, super fine tannins, rich acid, aromatic, berry fruit. A wine of superb balance and breeding, wonderful intensity, yet oh so poised, with real drive on the finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 L&S (Oct 2019)

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Crushed stone and smoke give way to wild strawberry and rubbed sage as the 2016 Etna Rosso Contrada Santo Spirito opens up in the glass. Its silky textures envelop the palate with a perfumed display of waxy red fruits and spice. Fine tannins frame the experience nicely through the long finale, revealing the wine’s youthful structure, as this concludes off-dry under an air of rosy florals. A pleasant expression of Santo Spirito that would be much more enjoyable at a lower price point. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 90 Eric Guido, (Jun 2021)

Limpid cherry-red. Nutty, clove notes of oak are much better integrated into this than the Nero di Sei, with an underlying ripeness of red-cherry fruit. Firm, fine tannins that are resolving nicely, with a perfumed red-cherry palate. Long, with the oak spice integral to the finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Tim Jackson MW, (Apr 2020)

A very pure-fruited and vibrant expression of Etna, singing with bright blueberries, black raspberries and tulips. Racy and finely chiseled in terms of tight tannins and tense acidity, which come together to sketch a detailed, filigreed red. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, (Nov 2019)

Palmento Costanzo

A property of 14 hectares in Contrada Santo Spirito, Passopisciaro, on the northern slopes of Etna. 10 hectares are planted with vines on walled terraces on volcanic rocks between 600-800 metres altitude. The Costanzos came here in 2011 - they are from Catania - and meticulously restored the palmento (the word for the olive millstone which gave the farm its name). The vineyards are planted employing the ‘gobelet' method and farmed organically. The 2017’s are certified organic. This is an amazing new project which has been given all the investment and attention it needed to make great wines from the outset.

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