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Caravaglio, “Nero du Munti” Corinto NeroSalina, Sicily, Italy 2019 (750mL)

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Caravaglio, “Nero du Munti” Corinto Nero Salina, Sicily, Italy 2019 (750mL)

“This deep and distinctive Sicilian red—from the extremely rare Corinto Nero grape—is as visceral an expression of volcanic terroir as anything from Mount Etna. No Italian wine aficionado can pass this up!”

Although Nino Caravaglio founded his winery in 1992, his family has cultivated vines and other crops on the island since the 16th century. His vineyards have been Certified Organic for many years, with 37 acres on Salina and, on nearby Lipari, his five-acre vineyard of Corinto Nero, where some vines are 150 years old. The site sits in the crater of an extinct volcano, overlooking the Mediterranean at an altitude of about 300 meters. The island’s arid climate and cleansing breezes make Caravaglio’s commitment to natural farming that much easier; mold and disease resistance are not big issues here, and the exceedingly good health and cleanliness of the fruit enables Caravaglio to keep added sulfur to the barest minimum.

From these ancient vines, rooted in mineral-rich, volcanic ash, Caravaglio crafts Nero di Munti as a “varietal” red—one of the few examples of such a wine in existence. Etna Rosso fans will find this volcanic red to be a little deeper in both color and flavor, with a more dark-fruited personality in comparison to Etna’s Nerello Mascalese-based reds. In the glass, it is a deep ruby-red extending all the to the rim, with a resolutely ‘Mediterranean’ aromatic profile that summons images of some southern French styles: black raspberry, red and black currant, damp violets and lavender, dried herbs, baking spices, and a hint of leather. There’s a strong whiff of garrigue—or as they say in Italy, mácchia—in evidence here. The texture is voluptuous but lifted by refreshing acidity and underpinned by a smoky, volcanic minerality. It’s a delicious wine to open and enjoy now: Give it about 30 minutes in a decanter and serve it around 60-65 degrees in Bordeaux stems. Check it out alongside a hearty beef braciole.

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionSicily
  • Sub-RegionSalina
  • SoilVolcanic
  • FarmingCertified Organic
  • BlendCorinto Nero
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakUsed 500L Casks
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingBeef Braciole

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