In a nutshell:
The first ever vintage of an exciting and very limited production red from Etna on the island of Sicily, a collaboration between Alberto Graci of Etna and the renowned Angelo Gaja.
Graci makes some lovely reds from the slopes of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily and Gaja is one of the most renowned premium wine producers in Italy. This is Gaja's first, long awaited, step into Sicilian wine as he sees Etna like the Langhe in Piedmont as a "place where elegant, enigmatic and intriguing wines can be made". Graci sums Etna Rosso wines up best when he says they look for "elegance and electricity" and they share those same pure, silky, medium-bodied features that you find in good Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. IDDA means 'SHE' in the Sicilian dialect and is the respectful and affectionate name Mount Etna is referred to. Made with the native Sicilian grape Nerello Mascalese, common to the volcanic slopes of Etna, grown at high altitude of 700-800m and fermented and then aged for 34 months in a mix of concrete and oak. The weight and style is remarkably Burgundian, there is great balance, precise acidity and smooth, fine tannins. Sweet aromas of marzipan, sour black cherry and mulberry with more savoury and herby notes of tomato leaves and oregano lead onto a soft yet taught palate with sweet ripe fruit flavours. The first ever vintage released, we only have a very small allocation of this wine.
When to drink:
A finely textured and classically silky wine that would make a good match with pork and feathered game.