2017 Eduardo Torres Acosta Versante Nord Nerello Mascalese Blend

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Torres Acosta learned winemaking on the small volcanic island of Tenerife off the coast of northern Spain before moving to Arianna Occhipinti’s estate in Vittoria, Sicily.

He then moved to the north face of Mount Etna to begin making miniscule amounts of fruit that he would then cart back to Occhipinti for vinification. He’s now got his own garage-sized winemaking program on Etna but the volumes of wine are still tiny, as are any additions.

His 2017, like most, is a big, rich glass of wine. It was a warm vintage in Etna and it shows. Its style reminds one more of the Southern Rhône than it does of Susucaru, that’s for sure. Incredible wine designed for hearty food and a cold night.