2018 I Vigneri ‘Etna Rosso’ Nerello Mascalese
Salvo Foti is Mt Etna, there is no comparison. Without him there is no modern wine industry in the region - whether producing the wines that put Etna on the vinous map, or offering a helping hand to bring other talented characters onto the volcano. His own estate’s output continues to define the top tier of Sicilian wine. This is the intellectual’s Etna winemaker.
A blend of varietals based on the region’s noble red grape Nerello Mascalese harvested from the Northern Slopes of the volcano. A graceful but substantial wine, grunting and rustic with red and black fruit, ashy, bloody and ferrous, this is less an ‘entry level’ wine as it sits in the I Vigneri stable but more of a benchmark for the region.