All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
The impact Salvo Foti has had on the wines, vineyards, and producers of Etna is a tough task to sum up. He is the Godfather of wine on this volcanic landscape. For so many years, his work was tied to other top estates, serving as an oenologist and vineyard consultant. But, in 2001, he began to focus nearly exclusively on his own project, I Vigneri.
At I Vigneri, production is split between the white Carricante on Etna's Mediterranean-influenced south-east facing vineyards and its very old-vine Nerello Mascalese in the high altitude northern side of the volcano. Today, all of the wines set the bar for the heights now expected from Etna wine.
Salvo's Aurora is composed of Carricante (with 10% Minella) grown in the village of Milo. It captures the brilliance and purity of the variety that's so heavily influenced by the sea breeze. At once, it's fleshy, honeyed, with notes of melon, pear, and almonds, but the driving vein of salinity is what ultimately defines it.
All the components are in place to allow this to age beautifully, but the current release is generous and seemingly holding nothing back. The exquisite balance and seamless contours of Aurora are what stand out in the end.