13 Nov 2014

Tenuta Tascante: Vines among the Snow

Tenuta Tascante: Vines among the Snow

In the shadow of almost perennial snow, the harvest on Mount Etna is the latest in all of Sicily. It began on October 14thwith the Carricante grape and ended on November 3rdwith Nerello Mascalese at 900 meters of altitude.

The 98 terraces of Boccadorzo (Piano Dario) transform the harvest into a ritual from days past, by hand, through drywall: a scenario that harkens back to Aztec times.

The dark, loose volcanic soil was enriched by humidity during the sporadic September rains, which, along with fair weather and higher than average October temperatures, guaranteed the best conditions for the maturation of the grapes. Minerality and freshness for whites; austerity and soft tannins for Nerello Mascalese. The wines are extremely balanced and ready to drink, but can also age for a long period of time.

In this area, where austerity reins amongst winemakers, there are murmurs alluding to a “harvest of the century.”