Contrada Santo Spirito di Passopisciaro Etna Animardente 2014
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: May 17, 2018
- Last modified: May 17, 2018
Contrada Santo Spirito is a project of Antonio Moretti Cuseri, the owner of iconic properties Tenuta Sette Ponti and Podere Orma in Tuscany and Feudo Maccari in Sicily. Morretti fell in love with the 14 ha estate planted to autochthonous grapes between 500-700 m, located between Passopisciaro and Randazzo, on the slopes of Mount Etna. This Nerello Mascalese is crafted from 60+ year-old ungrafted vines, fermented in wood and stainless, where it rested for 6 months. Anise, red liquorice, red florals, dried strawberry, worn leather, tobacco and walnut shells fill the textural, lighter-bodied palate, scented with raspberry, wild cherry, thorns, and gripped with herbal, fine hewn tannins. Subtle soil salts linger on the finish, brightening the finish. Rabbit, wild mushrooms would make an excellent pair.