Tenuta delle Terre Nere has taken us on a journey into this unique Volcanic terroir since our first 2006 import. Each vintage has shown more refinement and the 2014s are being touted as Marco de Grazia’s finest and most memorable. Once again, these exotic wines offer a Barolo-like expression coupled with the finesse of Burgundy.
The racy and textured single vineyard Bianco’s are 100% Carricante, whilst the grippy reds are Nerello Mascalese with a drop of Nerello Cappuccio. The varieties are of less importance however, when considering the altitude variation, different soils and varying age of vines. Marco continues to lead Etnas revolution, achieving incredible comments and scores from the world’s top critics.
‘Terre Nere’s wines all possessed unbelievable freshness and complexity as well as huge perfumes that suggested Pinot Noir…These wines are astonishingly complex and ethereal efforts from the hillsides of Mt. Etna in Sicily.’ – Robert Parker.
As not yet rated by the Wine Advocate, these are high scores from Jancis Robinson.
‘A wine from such a place has a flavour one recognises, just as one might recognize the first sight of a person of remarkable worth: something ineffable yet indisputable is working on our senses.’ – Marco de Grazia,
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso 2014
Up to 92 points from Wine Advocate.
Light cherry red. Wild red berries and fresh herbs. Finely fragrant with a hint of orange. Chewy, chalky texture. Good example at a decent price. Firm and dry on the finish, with freshness all the way through – JancisRobinson.com
Terre Nere, Etna Bianco 2015
Up to 92 points from Wine Advocate
Deviously drinkable, still it always clings, leaving one wondering how it delights and where do the goodies come from. In aging, the noblesse of the Etna and its remarkable terroir emerge. And the loveliness turns thoughtful and deepens, still graceful, never redundant. Fish, meat or fowl, all are fine, if very gently cooked. It loves seafood, particularly over pasta: after all, it is Sicilian. – Marco De Grazia, Winemaker
Drink 2017 – 2018
Terre Nere, Etna Rosato 2015
Our Etna Rosato is bright and vibrant, but never superficial. The joy it delivers has sophistication. I’ve found out that it ages beautifully. Not that there is any reason to age it. But when it does, the complexity is quite unexpected and remarkable in a rosé. Fish, poultry, soups, pasta, prosciutto and cantaloupe, figs and salami, bread and olives and cheese. You name it. – Marco De Grazia, Winemaker
Drink 2017-2018, 16+ points Jancis Robinson
Terre Nere, Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana 2015
As opposed to my other Etna Bianco, which is a field blend of five varieties, this ‘Vigne Niche’ is 100% Carricante. I made this wine for the first time in 2007, after having had the fortune of tasting a 42 year old Carricante from the East side of the Etna. So beautiful it was, so vigorous and impeccable in its venerable age, that I was moved to produce something like it myself. – Marco De Grazia, Winemaker
Terre Nere, Etna Bianco Santo Spirito 2015
Santo Spirito, feature Carricante grapes from old and young vines, for Carricante is a rare commodity in a D.O.C. overwhelmingly devoted to reds, rarer still on Etna’s Northern slopes. In fact, Carricante vineyards answer for only 4% of the appellation. Wines are barrel fermented and aged in large oak barrels. These are late blooming wine of unusual complexity and great longevity, which will reward you for your patience with a rare, noble beauty. – Marco De Grazia, Winemaker
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2014
Notably stony soils at 600-700 m (1,968-2,296 ft) facing north. Vines are 70 years old. Mid crimson. Very rich, deep and round. Dry tannic end. Brooding and long. Drink 2017- 2025. – Jancis Robinson 17/20
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2014
Black volcanic ash with basaltic pebbles, this large cru produces relatively early-maturing wines apparently. Mid ruby. Very round, like cherry compote, and with real excitement and density. Lovely and directed. Chock full of energy. Masses of tannin. Drink 2017 – 2024. – Jancis Robinson 17+/20
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Guardiola 2014
Up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) elevation; Terre Nere’s highest vineyard. Pale mid red. Light and lively. Very dry on the end. Lots in reserve. Lots of structure. – Jancis Robinson 17.5/20
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2014
Deep black, rich volcanic ash on north-facing terraces just downhill of the much craggier Guardiola vineyard. Slightly paler than Quadro delle Rose 2014. Refined and juicy. Very elegant. Racy and lighter tannins. Great stuff! – Jancis Robinson 17.5/20
Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Prephylloxera 2014
Intense ruby with mahogany hues. Complex nose with notes of wild flowers, red fruits and noble spices. Concentrated but also balanced and elegant at the same time with a long, lingering finish. Drink 2017-2027. – Jancis Robinson 18/20