The Nero di Sei 2015 from Palmento Costanzo is an extraordinary volcanic wine from 80 to 120 years old vines on Mount Etna (Nerello Mascalese 80% and 20% Cappuccio). The characteristically light, brilliant ruby colour belies the concentration and persistence of this wine’s aromas of cherry and red berries, with its distinct hints of rock and smoke, intricately fine tannins and luminous acidity. The finish is long, with a pleasant nutty-bitter note of almonds. Note (or better: smell) the label, which incorporates actual volcanic ash from Etna in its design. Organic wine.
The Costanzo family has restored an old palmento, the traditional Sicilian multi-level cellar, on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. Their vineyards are located between 600 and 800m and include an exceptional parcel with pre-phylloxera vines well over 100 years old. Viticulture is organic and winemaking within the palmento artisanal traditions. Two lines are produced, the classic Mofete and the fabulous Sei expressing in their depth and elegance all the unique character of Etna wines.
See our blog entry on Etna here.
Serving suggestions: Despite the light colour, this is an intense wine, requiring rather characterful, flavoursome food, ideally with an umami component to match its ‘rockiness’. Mediterranean vegetable, mushroom or fish dishes, pastas and hard cheeses all work very well.
Ratings: Decanter 92/100 ; Robert Parker 89/100