Terre Nere Etna Rosso 'Feudo di Mezzo' 2016

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  • 91pts (Vinous) - Good vivid red. High-pitched aromas of smoky red berries, sweet spices and violet, complemented by lower-toned earth notes. As is always the case with this wine (and more in general, with all wines from this contrada), it boasts terrific volume and purity from the outset at a young age: round and suave but juicy, and quite ripely fruit-driven, with smooth raspberry flavors complicated by minerals and Oriental spices. Finishes bright, long, and sweetly spicy. All that said, this Feudo di Mezzo strikes me as a slightly less structured, less opulent version of this wine than usual (I’d dare to write “leaner”, if that term weren’t immediately associated in wine circles with highly negative connotations).

    92pts (WA) - This wine is slightly savory and balsamic in character. The 2016 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo Il Quadro Delle Rose (98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio) opens to tangy notes of medicinal herb and eucalyptus essence with dark berry fruit, plum and black currant. Like the many other wines from this vintage, the wine is accessible and immediate, making it a good choice for those who can't wait to pop the cork as well as those who do have the patience to wait (5 years or more). The mouthfeel is thin and compact. Some 7,000 bottles were made.