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The Godfather's Etna Magnum Opus
With so many exciting producers today on Etna, it can be hard to pick favorites, but when the discussion turns plainly to the greatest red wine from the slopes of this active volcano, there's no debate in my mind. It's Vinupetra, "a wine produced in a land full of stones" in Sicilian dialect.
Vinupetra comes from just a single hectare of 100+ year-old-vines on Etna's north side. Simply put, it's a magnum opus for Nerello Mascalese. The north side is home to the most serious reds on Etna. At 2,300 feet, these are some of the highest altitude vines in all of Europe. Massive mountain ranges form the backdrop of the terraced vineyards, and the sea's influence is minimized compared to Milo in the south, where Foti sources his Carricante.
The impact Salvo Foti has had on the wines, vineyards, and producers of Etna is a tough task to complete in a few paragraphs. 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.
Salvo's Nerello Mascalese sees intense sun exposure, but the huge swing into low temperatures at night keeps acidity very high and allows this to walk that tightrope between concentrated, ripe fruit and a disciplined frame of structured minerality. Vinupetra dazzles the senses with its transparency and ethereal nature on one end and powerful concentration at the other. Wines that find harmony between grace and power are not easy to come across.
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