Idda Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy 2019
VINTAGE : 2019
COUNTRY : Italy
REGION/APPELLATION : Mt. Etna, Sicily DOP
VARIETALS : Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
IDDA is a joint venture between Angelo Gaja and Alberto Graci on Mount Etna that started in 2017. The Graci family is a prominent winemaker in the region. The vineyards are located on the southern slope of the volcano, with a wide range of altitudes, exposures, and soil types. Today, the winery owns 50 acres of vineyards at 2,000-2,600 feet above sea level, in the villages of Belpasso and Biancavilla.
IDDA means “she” in the Sicilian dialect and is the term that, with affection and admiration, the local inhabitants use to define Mount Etna.
An intriguing nose with smoky volcanic ash, and hints of Mediterranean scrub, followed by myrtle, blackberry, mulberry, and wild juniper notes. In the mouth, the wine shows a nice freshness and minerality with wild fruit and slightly vegetal notes. The tannins evolve and become more elegant, especially when the wine has time to breathe.