2019 Statella "Pettinociarelle" Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy

The fourth vintage from this new producer showcases aromas of complex red fruit and Mediterranean scrub. The mouth reveals well balanced fruit and herbal flavors with tightly knit tannins; it is velvety and with a pleasant and persistent finish.


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Pettinociarelle is located in the Solicchiata township at 765 meters above sea level with a soil that is often compared to the Guardiola cru: it’s quite sandy, so the aromatics of Cal’s wines are really off the charts. The vines are 15 years old, and have always been farmed organically, so from the very first vintage the wine carries the label “MADE WITH ORGANIC GRAPES.” Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel, and the maceration time is 12 days, after which the wine is racked into 500-liter oak casks of second and third use (none of it new) for ten months. 90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio grown in volcanic soils at 765 meters in altitude. Fermentation/maceration lasts 10-15 days. The wine ages in 2nd & 3rd use French oak tonneaux for 10 months before bottling.


Cal established himself as a brilliant student at the prestigious enology school in San Michele all’Adige, and then went on to the University of Milan to study viticulture. Under the tutelage of Attilio Scienza, the head of the department and the foremost expert on viticulture, Cal wrote his thesis and graduated at the top of his class in 2001. The Italian wine giant Mezzacorona immediately plucked up Cal after graduation—but that wasn’t before he had spent a harvest working for a man who became one of his closest friends and confidants, Elio Altare. It was his internship with Altare in 2000 that introduced Cal to not only Marco de Grazia, for whom he would eventually work, but also to his next great passion: the wines and vignerons of the Cote d’Or, where he travels at least once a year to taste and meet with winemaking friends. In 2007, after working for Mezzacorona to oversee their Sicilian operation, Feudo Arancio (production of 20 million bottles per year!), Cal left to work for Marco at Terre Nere. A happier marriage has never been seen! With Cal’s help, the already high quality of Terre Nere went soaring, and after nearly a decade of crafting wines with Marco de Grazia, Calogero was able to realize his dream of having his own vineyard.


Grape(s) Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Farming Organic