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Ciro Biondi, Etna Rosso “Outis”Sicily, Italy 2018 (750mL)

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Ciro Biondi, Etna Rosso “Outis” Sicily, Italy 2018 (750mL)

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“Ciro Biondi’s family has farmed vineyards on the southeast slope of Mount Etna since the early 1800s. His modern-day operation, scarcely larger than a backyard garden, is one of the heritage gems of this star-studded appellation.”

Ciro Biondi’s family first sold bottled Etna wine with their name on it more than a century ago.  Ciro revived operations at his family’s ancient stone palmento in 1999, which qualifies him as a modern-era “O.G.,” and his flagship Etna Rosso, called “Outis,” is a regional reference point. As we learn more about Etna’s vineyards, which wrap around the northern, eastern, and southern flanks of this still-active volcano, we’re starting to learn more about the character of the wines grown in those different areas. For Etnean reds, the headliner variety is Nerello Mascalese, excitedly compared to Pinot Noir from Burgundy in just about any tasting note you read, and perhaps the most Pinot-like wines of all are grown on the southeastern slopes that Biondi calls home. This 2018 “Outis” is a pitch-perfect expression of the Biondi house style, which is more finessed and floral—a willowy, perfumed Chambolle-Musigny compared to the Gevrey-Chambertin-like wines of the north slope. But really, it doesn’t matter whether you find a stylistic kinship to Burgundy or not: What matters is how nuanced, expressive, and heart-stoppingly delicious this wine is, year in and year out.

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionSicily
  • Sub-RegionEtna
  • SoilVolcanic & Sand
  • FarmingPracticing Organic
  • BlendNerello Mascalese 80%, Nerello Cappuccio 20%
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakUsed Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2025
  • Decanting30 Mintues
  • PairingBraciole

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