(2011 Vintage) The Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese is a more dark and brooding style of the native Sicilian grape that is typically lighter in weight. Thanks to rigorous vineyard work and yields reduced by 50%, the wine is concentrated and intensely mineral. The Nerello Mascalese 100 year old vine cuttings were taking from the town of it’s origin, Noto, on the Eastern side of Sicily, near Etna. Hand harvested grapes from Paradiso & Miccina vineyards, destemmed & crushed, maceration for 12 days on the skins, temperature controlled. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The Nerello Mascalese was aged in second year French oak barrels for 6 months to impart a silky texture and roundness on the palate. The wine was aged in bottle for 6 months before release. Black cherry and black currant scented, this wine fills the mouth, with smoky & peppery sensations. Without the overwhelming tannins of other varietals, fluid tannins lead to a chocolate pronounced finish.