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Here is a textbook wine from Etna. The 2015 Etna Rosso reflects the basic promises of this exciting appellation. The wine offers power and grace with territory-specific aromas of cigar ash, dark granite and dried black currant. Background tones of wild sage, balsam herb and tar give the wine a greater sense of dimension and depth. The finish is balanced and silky in texture, yet Nerello Mascalese always delivers a firm tannic backbone. Graci lets the fruit speak for itself.
Recently upgraded to premier cru status, Champs Lalot was the first parcel (1.25 acres) the Domaine originally purchased. The 1er cru vines are located at a higher altitude and are facing East. Its soil is stony clay and chalk, giving the wine its fine tannins and pure, mineral character.
The Champs Lalot has beautiful aromatic intensity, with notes of red and black fruits (cherry, raspberry, blackberry, currant), floral notes, spices and vanilla. The mouth is rich with fruit with some savory flavors. The mouthfeel is elegant, slightly oaky with silky tannins. Complexity, harmony and elegance are all united. The finish is supple, long and fruity.