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Agricola Sofia, Etna Rosso “Gioacchino” Sicily, Italy 2018 (750mL)
Having now imported two vintages of the “Gioacchino”, we can confidently say that (1) this is Nerello Mascalese at its most perfumed and authentic, and (2) when it comes to ultra-serious Etna Rosso—a category that competes with the world’s finest reds—you won’t find a better value.
Like its home region, the Nerello Mascalese variety has catapulted to international fame. By law, it represents a minimum of 80% of any wine carrying the Etna Rosso DOC, but Sofia focuses entirely on Mascalese, making it an intense, perfumed, and wholeheartedly pure Sicilian red. Sofia’a 2018 “Gioacchino” reveals a dark ruby hue in a Burgundy stem and takes its sweet time adjusting to life outside of the bottle. With proper air, this spills out deep, intoxicating aromas of black cherry liqueur, brambleberries, blood orange, crushed black rock, wild plums, sage, dusty strawberries, cacao, candied violets, and hints of star anise. It’s medium-plus bodied and loaded with dark-fruited layers that are wrapped around a swirling mineral core of volcanic rock and mountain herbs. We have no problem going out on a limb and saying that these beauties will easily evolve for 5-8+ years. It truly is one of the greatest values in the sprawling world of red wine. Cheers!
- SoilVolcanic & Clay
- FarmingPracticing Organic
- BlendNerello Mascalese
- Temp.Serve at 60° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stem
- Decanting30 Minutes
- PairingPasta c’Anciuova e Muddica Atturrata
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