Pietradolce Etna Rosso "Archineri" DOC 2018
(Sicily, Italy) - [JS 93] [WE 92]
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About the Winery:
Pietradolce, means sweet stone in Italian and is an ode to Etna. The volcanic soil covering the slopes is very stony, sandy and mineral-rich. The Etna volcanos abundant mineral components and microclimate cool nights, warm days and wide-ranging temperature variations give Pietradolce wines extraordinary richness, minerality, fragrance and depth.
Notes from the Winemaker:
100% Nerello Mascalese. Pietradolce “Archineri” Etna Rosso DOC is ripe and fruity on the nose, with distinct spicy and balsamic nuances. On the palate, excellent volume, depth and structure, great mouthfeel and simultaneously finesse; clean, consistent and persistent finish.
From old, amply terraced vineyards which express intrinsic character and goût de terroir (acidity & minerality) and is very cellar-worthy thanks to the outstanding structure.
Ratings & Reviews93 Points - James Suckling:
Sour cherries, crushed raspberries, orange peel and walnut oil. Smoke and ash, too. It’s medium-bodied with sleek yet chewy tannins and bright acidity. Drink or hold." (11/2020)
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of woodland berry, Mediterranean scrub, camphor and oak-driven spice shape the nose on this fragrant red. On the tight palate, firm acidity accompanies raspberry jam, orange zest, vanilla and licorice. Firm, grainy tannins leave a puckering, drying close. Give the tannins a few years more years to relax a bit then drink." - Kerin
"The 2018 Etna Rosso Archinieri is a more understated and floral expression, as
wild herbs, dried roses and hints of young strawberry lift from the glass. It’s silky in
texture and more flamboyant than expected, with ripe red and blue berries cascading
across a mineral-infused core of juicy acidity. Fine tannins linger long through the finale, drying the senses, and a note of tart cherry tapers off too quickly for my tastes. Some cellaring may reveal further depths, but I find that the 2018 lacks the balance for long-term development." - Eric Guido (6/2021)