2016 Palmento Costanzo
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappucio|
Delicate rose notes over the dense maraschino cherry fruit, with subtle nuttiness of oak, chilli spice and a leafiness suggesting some stems in the ferment. Ripe maraschino, spice and stones, with compact, firm tannins that will take time to unwind. Perfumed, spicy, long finish. Serious stuff. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 17.5 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
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I love how the plush blue fruit here is interspersed with even riper notes of baking spices, rosemary and oregano. Hints of sun-dried tomatoes and volcanic ash. The palate is finely laced with silky threads of tannins that knit bright red fruit together. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2019)
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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