Indigenous Grillo $11.00
Overlooked for centuries as an ingredient in traditional Marsala, Grillo is now finding big fans done as a dry white. Three months on the lees adds texture, no oak to get in the way, plenty of vibrant acidity and lovely stonefruit and citrus flavors. The Pinot Grigio drinkers new favorite at a better price too!
Calabretta Gaio Gaio Rosso $18.00
Earthy and delicious Sicilian red farmed naturally on the steep sides of Mt Etna. These are the younger vines and the wine spends less than a year in oak. But it packs a punch with red cherry, blueberry and earthy charm.
Soft nose of blackberry, tobacco, spice and volcanic earth with a little hint of Kirsch as well. Explosive cherry flavor with a nice structure to finish. Really fun. I know there are cheaper ones out there, but this is the liveliest, and a delicious expression of the grape. Just enhanced with a few months in 2nd pass French oak.
On the north side of Etna, the Calabrettas are a fourth generation family of winemakers farming near 100 year old ungrafted, organic vines. Truly a remarkable wine. 10 years old and still a little tight but giving up huge leather, blueberries, violets and black licorice aromas and flavors. Pretty much buries any new world red blends costing twice as much.