Aged for one year in a mix of old barrique and old tonneaux followed by some time in stainless steel before bottling. He normally ages in large botti but this bottling is so limited he has to use smaller oak, though that oak is neutral.
The wines from Calabretta hearken from the DOC of Etna Rosso in Northeastern Sicilia. The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese along with small plantings of Nerello Cappuccio. The vineyards are planted between 300 and 900 meters on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the distance for much of eastern Sicilia. The soils are a combination of black volcanic ash and sand which are fine and almost silty, with lots of lava rocks and good drainage.
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