Calabretta Rosato IGT 2022 (Sicily, Italy)

Calabretta Rosato IGT 2022
(Sicily, Italy)

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The Calabretta wines hail from the DOC of Etna Rosso in northeastern Sicily. The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese, with a bit Nerello Cappuccio interplanted. Massimiliano also has a small vineyard of Pinot Noir, a grape that has been planted on Etna since the 1800's. The vineyards are planted between 300 and 900 meters on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the distance for much of eastern Sicily. The soils are a combination of black volcanic ash and sand which are fine and almost silty, with lots of lava rocks and good drainage.

When Doug first met Massimiliano Calabretta, a part-time college professor at the University of Genova, his first words were: “I make my wine like Bartolo Mascarello!”. Given that most Sicilian wine is made very much in the modern style, Doug was excited to see what a traditional-style wine from this region and varietal would be like! Sure enough, most of the vines are 70-80 years old, with a good portion ungrafted. They are organically farmed. The Etna Rosso (now called Nerello Mascalese VV is aged for 6-7 years in large Botti before being bottled.

There is an old Nebbiolo-like profile to the wines. The aromas are steeped in dried cherries, tar, licorice, and hints of ashy/volcanic soil tones. Given the high elevation and big diurnal temperature shifts (they have ski slopes on Etna as well!), the wines retain a freshness and delineation that recalls a mature Barolo, northern Rhone or even a sturdier, earthier red Burg. With the provenance and age of the wines, they represent a terrific relative value.

These are truly unique wines!

Vineyard & Grapes

100 % Nerello Mascalese from estate vineyards planted in 2005/2006 from massale selections. About 50% ungrafted.


Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Vinous (2021 Vintage):
"The 2021 Rosato is a deep translucent red. It shows a seductively complex bouquet of incense, clove, dusty rose and black cherries. This is vividly fresh and energetic, with wild berry fruits contrasting silken textures as citrus nuances and nervous acidity maintain a lovely tension. The 2021 leaves a salty flourish behind while tapering off with red licorice and brown spice notes that slowly fade. This varietal Nerello Mascalese is packed full of zesty character." - Eric Guido (May 2023)