Tenuta Delle Terre Nere

"Proprietor Marc de Grazia is one of the pioneers of the Etna. Not only was he among the first producers to recognize the value of these once-forgotten, ancient terroirs, he also was the first producer to bring attention to the specific qualities of these vineyards by bottling single-parcel Nerellos that have become reference-point wines for the Etna." – Wine Advocate

"Terre Nere's wines all possessed unbelievable freshness and complexity as well as huge perfumes that suggested Pinot Noir...These wines are astonishingly complex and ethereal efforts from the hillsides of Mt. Etna in Sicily." – Robert Parker

The Terre Nere estate has roughly 20-21 hectares, of which 15 are planted to vines. Roughly 4.5 of these have been uprooted and will be replanted within two years after letting the soil "rest". Two vineyards, for a total of roughly 11-12 hectares, make up the Calderara Cru, of which 1.5 hectares are pre-phylloxera; the rest are about 40-50 years old (and they have not been uprooted). Two different vineyards comprise the Guardiola Cru, for a total of 2.1 hectares, almost all of which is pre-phylloxera (except for some replanted vines). The Guardiola vineyards are the highest-altitude red-grape vineyards in Europe! The "Feudo di Mezzo" Cru is made up of two other vineyards, for a total of 1.35 hectares.

500,000 years of volcanic eruptions have created endless soil variation in neighboring plots of land, many of them radical. The soil at Terre Nere is mostly volcanic ash speckled by black pumice and peppered with abundant volcanic rock; to call it 'rocky' is putting it mildly! The weather variations in the area are profound and generally characterized by exposure, altitude, and 'airiness,' defined here as the character of a well-exposed vineyard not protected by hills, and therefore open to the cooling and drying effects of the wind. This is particularly important at Terre Nere because the harvest usually takes place in the last weeks of October, meaning that the grapes are in their most fragile state when the weather 'breaks' its autumn pattern, making them susceptible to oidium and mildew. The 'airiness' of the climate, however, helps to dry out the grapes after rain and moisture threaten mold.

Above all else, the extraordinary elevation yields dramatic temperature variations between night and day, making the wines of Etna fine and elegant, devoid of the heat and overripe flavors that usually define southern wines. In fact, most people who have tasted these wines, particularly the 2004s, say they find them most akin to Burgundies or Barolos.

Production is simple, classic, and Burgundian in style: the grapes are grown organically, using only bordelaise mixture and organic fertilization – mostly dung. Vinification follows the same lead: maceration-fermentation lasts 10-15 days, followed by malolactic fermentation and aging in oak – 25% new – and bottling around 18 months later.

The 2004 vintage marks the real birth of Tenuta delle Terre Nere, because for the first time the estate is self sufficient, and the grapes produced were vinified at the estate's new cellars. The wines are astounding. The '02 and '03s have been likened to Pinot and Nebbiolo, as being Burgundian or Langhe-esque. Now there's no doubt about it. The old vines cuvees are difficult to distinguish from very fine Burgundy! With their subtlety and generosity, the wines manage to be rich and precise at the same time.

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Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Nerello Masclases 2016
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Tenuta delle Terre Nere selected three single-vineyard wines that it classifies as Grande Terroir Ellittico; the 2016 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana is one of those three wines. The wine does indeed show a higher level of complexity and increased depth that is especially apparent in
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Terre Nere 'Santo Spirito' Etna Bianco 2017
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Aromas of hot stones, sliced apples and lemons follow through to a full body, oily texture and a rich and flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Publish Date: Monday, October 22, 2018"  The Wine 100% Carricante grown in deep, soft and dark volcanic soil,
Item Number: 32102
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Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Nerello Masclases 2014
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The 2014 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana is the most polished and finessed of the three single-Contrada wines made by Tenuta delle Terre Nere. This is the most Burgundian wine, if you will. The bouquet is precise and elegant with fresh berry nuances followed by smoke, tar, balsam
Item Number: 31831
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Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Nerello Masclases 2015
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Calderara Sottana Vivid medium dark red. Piercing aromas of red cherry, minerals and soy sauce. The flavors are similar to the aromas, with an underlying element of crushed rock that adds a welcome saline note contributing freshness. Very mineral round and smooth, this is
Item Number: 31823
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Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2017
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 91 "This medium-bodied red is creamy and finely balanced overall, though a firm core of tannins structures the flavors of crushed raspberry, cherry and tangy mineral, with hints of dried marjoram and woodsy spice. Fresh and lovely. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Drink now
Item Number: 31597
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Case: $203.40
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Terre Nere 'Feudo di Mezzo' Nerello Masclases 2014
93  James Suckling 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Cellar Selection "Aromas of dark-skinned berry, French oak, clove and a whiff of aromatic herb lift out of the glass. The structured palate offers black cherry, cinnamon, licorice, menthol and chopped mint alongside vibrant acidity and youthfully assertive, fine-grained tannins
Item Number: 31589
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Terre Nere 'Etna Rosato' Nerello Masclases 2017
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91  James Suckling 
Vinous Media 91 "Pale onion-peel pink. Delicately fruity and floral aromas of jasmine, honyesuckle, redcurrant, gooseberry and minerals. Bright and crisp, this is a paragon of balance and delicacy. Lovely stuff. 100% Nerello Mascalese. -- Ian D'Agata"  James Suckling 91 "This is always a top
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Terre Nere 'Feudo di Mezzo' Nerello Masclases 2016
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "Beautifully fragrant, this exudes notes of lavender and thyme, with Turkish spice hints accenting the flavors of macerated cherry and raspberry fruit that swath the firm frame of dense, fine tannins. Tightly meshed and focused, with additional spice and herb notes on the long,

Terre Nere 'Santo Spirito' Nerello Masclases 2016
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "A graceful red, this is defined by fine-grained tannins and a current of spicy mineral that ripples under the crushed raspberry, dried mint, rose, citrus and graphite flavors. Fresh and lively. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases made. –AN"  The two vineyards in Santo Spirito

Terre Nere 'San Lorenzo' Nerello Mascalese 2016
Wine Spectator 95 #9 Top 100  "Ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit meets tarry mineral and accents of licorice, spiced orange peel and herb in this chewy, medium-bodied red. The bold flavor and structure are deftly knit into a graceful and harmonious package, with the spice and mineral character

Terre Nere 'Guardiola' Nerello Masclese 2016
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "An up-front waft of tarry mineral leads to delicate aromas and flavors of dried thyme, orange peel and spice box, featuring ripe strawberry and cherry fruit midpalate. Medium-bodied, this is fresh and focused, with fine tannins firming the lasting finish. Should age nicely in the

Terre Nere 'Etna Bianco' Carricante 2017
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Aromas of cream, cooked apples and pears follow through to a full body, creamy texture and a bitter-lemon and lemon-curd aftertaste. Drink or hold. Publish Date: Monday, October 22, 2018"  The Wine 60% Carricante, 25% Catarratto, 10% Grecanico, 5% Minnella from vineyards

Terre Nere 'Prephylloxera' Etna Rosso 2016
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98  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 "Intense orange-peel aromas highlight the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat character. Full-bodied with round and chewy tannins and an intense, flavorful finish. Focused and driven. Needs time to soften. Better in 2020. Publish Date: Monday, October 22, 2018"  Wine Spectator 95 "This

Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Etna Bianco 2016
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "A broad, medium-bodied white that expands on the palate with flavors of pear and peach skin, hazelnut and lemon parfait, while well-cut acidity and a spicy mineral note focus this through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2023. 750 cases made. –AN"  About As opposed to

Terre Nere 'Feudo di Mezzo' Nerello Masclases 2015
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Enthusiast 95 # 27 Cellar Selection 2018 "Scorched earth, flint, grilled herb and red berry aromas follow over to the palate along with ripe cherry, raspberry compote and baking spice. Tight fine-grained tannins provide the framework while a licorice note lingers on the finish. Drink

Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2016
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Cellar Selection "Star anise, violet, crushed herb and Mediterranean brush aromas align with a whiff of crushed stone. It's silky smooth, offering juicy raspberry, wild strawberry, dark spice and white pepper framed in lithe, polished tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance while a

Terre Nere 'Santo Spirito' Nerello Masclases 2015
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Bright red. Very perfumed nose of red cherry, raspberry jam, cinnamon, nutmeg and minerals complicated by tar and shoe polish. Clean, fresh and juicy, but with a sultry quality to the mineral but also ripe red berry and cherry flavors. Clean and fresh on the long, stoney finish. A

Terre Nere 'Etna Bianco' Carricante 2016
The Wine 60% Carricante, 25% Catarratto, 10% Grecanico, 5% Minnella from vineyards located on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano at 600-900 meters above seal level. After harvest at the beginning of October, the grapes go through a soft pressing and low temperature fermentation in stainless

Terre Nere 'Etna Rosato' Nerello Masclases 2016
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93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Copper-tinged pale pink. Enticing nose and flavors of fresh red berries, botanical herbs, sweet spices, aromatic oils and woodsy spices. Sneaky concentration and size with wonderful sugar-acid balance and a welcome saline twist. Best rosato from Terre Nere in years.”"  The Wine

Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Etna Bianco 2015
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92  Vinous Media 
Wine Adovcate 93 "This is a spectacular expression of Carricante, and I'd be very curious to try the wine again in five year's time when it is further down its evolutionary track. The 2015 Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana is a beautiful and generous expression from the most exciting up-and-coming

Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2015
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95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "Red cherries and wild strawberries predominate on this perfumed nose as well as slate, fruit tea, dust and charcoal, not mention elderberries and blueberries. Plenty of bright fruit on the full-bodied palate as well as fine tannins, fresh acidity and a medium chewy finish. So

Terre Nere 'Calderara Sottana' Etna Rosso 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-93 "The 2013 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana shows a different personality compared to Tenuta delle Terre Nere's other single-vineyard expressions. Calderara Sottana offers more balsamic definition with wild fennel, rosemary spring, dark fruit and scorched earth. To my palate, it is

Terre Nere 'Santo Spirito' Nerello Masclases 2013
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 "The 2013 Etna Rosso Santo Spirito is an abundant and enriched expression from the darkened volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna Santo Spirito runs through parts of Passopisciaro at the heart of Etna's best production zones. This gorgeous wine opens to a dark garnet appearance with

Terre Nere 'Le Vigne Niche' Calderara Sottana Etna Bianco
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "A dense, flavorful white with lemon curd, sliced apple, hints of minerals and a stone undertone. Full-bodied, fruity and flavorful. Excellent acidity, giving it tension and length. Soulful white. Drink or hold."  Wine Spectator 91 "Almond, saline, white peach and kumquat notes

Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2014
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "This is a structured, rich wine with loads of polished tannins. Salt and pepper. Full body with firm, chewy tannins. A blend from top vineyards. Drink now"  Wine Spectator 90 "A perfumed, light- to medium-bodied red, with crushed raspberry, mineral and spice flavors. Light