A benchmark estate for the appellation, Mount Etna’s Pietradolce offers irresistible notes of sweet red fruit, torn white flowers and exotic spices on a creamy, luscious mineral body that seems set to explode. We’ve loved these wines since the start and 2015’s rendition is again another fabulous effort from this exceptionally special estate.
2015 Etna Rosso Pietradolce Archineri
“An extremely spicy nose of brambles, red cherries, chili, blackberry bush, licorice, tar and asphalt as well as hints of dried leaves. Full body, extremely structured, dusty tannins, fine acidity, lots of minerally undertones and a long finish.” 93 Points, James Suckling
“The 2015 Etna Rosso Archineri is a well-priced wine that gives you a great taste of this extreme, volcanic territory in the deep south of Italy. This vintage offers slightly lower intensity with more drying mineral notes instead of bold primary fruit. This is a common characteristic of Nerello Mascalese in 2015. The wine is aged in tonneaux for 14 months and this process has done much to increase the textural richness and the structure of the wine (given the slightly weaker fruit).” 91 Points, Wine Advocate
More About the Wine
Pietrodolce was established in 2005 on the northern slopes of Mt. Etna. Their eleven hectares of vineyards extend over an area that ranges from six to nine hundred feet above sea level. Since the beginning the estate has decided to focus exclusively on the three main varieties native to Etna: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante. Over the years the wines have garnered tremendous acclaim from the press for their unusual intensity, depth and captivating style. Of all the wines being produced on Mt. Etna, Pietrodolce’s are some of the fullest, richest, and in a way, the most vividly theatrical we’ve ever come across (the label serves as a useful hint). It’s a potent combination and the wines successfully pull the heartstrings for both California New World lovers and Old World fanatics alike.
Nerello Mascalese is the main actor in Archineri. Born from 80 year old vines (no big deal), Archineri is what I imagine many California Pinot’s strive for but never quite attain. Silky, sweetly fruited but clearly born from old vines, this is a bold, sweeping wine. While the fruit may receive your attention first, it is the volcanic minerality hovering underneath that is Archineri’s sublime secret weapon–effortlessly providing a feathery, focused structure only volcanic terroir can magically provide.