After establishing the estate in 2000, Andrea has turned it into one the region’s stars, as well as a global proponent of what can be achieved on volcanic soils. As he says, “It seemed crazy to restore vineyards so high up the mountain – above, it was erupting – but I liked that they were planted so high.”
"100% Nerello Mascalese and 850-900m altitude. The name alludes to what Andrea calls a “relatively new” (200 year old!) lava flow upon which this contrada is sited. The nose combines saline, rocky minerals, sweetly-perfumed berries and savoury character. The palate is beautifully adroit with cassis focus, within a medley of spiced cured meats and dried herbs. Structured, this has an unexpected elegance and promises greater complexity in the months and years ahead.
Wine Spectator’s Insider Weekly – 94 Points
It is hard to imagine a more exciting or varied wine-producing country than Italy. With a vibrant winemaking history spanning over 2,000 years, and vineyards stretching from the Alps through the Appenine mountains to Sicily, the Italian peninsula is home to an enormous range of climates, topographies and soil typeshosting hundreds of distinctive grapes unique to Italy.