SICILY, ITALY 2014
“The Cusumano brothers have taken off like gangbusters on Etna. Dare I say it, but I believe their Etna wines are by far the best expressions in their entire portfolio of Sicilian wines” (Monica Larner, Wine Advocate). After tasting today’s duo, we couldn’t agree more. Wines from Etna have captured the hearts of sommeliers and wine collectors alike for their remarkable display of terroir and complexity at wallet-friendly prices—and today’s Etna Rossos from the Cusumano brothers’ Alta Mora label should definitely be on your radar (and in your wine fridge). For one week, you can collect Alta Mora’s high-scoring (and most importantly, flat-out delicious) 2014 ‘Guardiola’ and 2014 ‘Fuedo di Mezzo’ Etna Rosso labels with Mix & Match pricing up to 20% off!
Mt. Etna DOC has the highest altitude vineyards in Europe, the volcano itself reached 11,000 feet, and the Cusumano family long held a dream to produce wines from these dynamic volcanic soils and rugged vineyards. The name Alta Mora translates to “Tall, Black” representing the great heights of the vineyards on the mountain (up to 2,000 feet) and the dark, black volcanic soils. The winery remains family owned, and beginning with the 2014 vintage, all grapes have been estate grown and 100% hand harvested. The autochthonous varietal Nerello Mascalese is the primary red grape grown in this region, and is sometimes compared to Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. The Gaja family founded a new winery in Etna several years back, and Gaia Gaja noted that her family has always been fascinated by Etna wines, claiming “they remind us of Barbaresco and Barolo because...they share similar characteristics of elegance and finesse that you get with Nebbiolo” (Wine Advocate).
Both the ‘Guardiola’ and ‘Fuedo di Mezzo’ wines are 100% Nerello Mascalese grown on pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines, though they definitely offer up distinct flavor profiles. ‘Guardiola’ opens with intense aromas of plum, red cherry, violet, and spice, and the texture on the palate is incredibly structured and enveloping. The unmistakable minerality and acidity hold the wine in balance and suggest it will continue to mature over the next decade or longer. ‘Fuedo di Mezzo’ has bright red fruit notes on the nose that lead into a profile of cardamom, balsamic, and earth. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so over the next few years. Vinous Media reports that “Etna remains one of Italy’s three or four hottest wine areas...top Etna Rosso and Etna Biancos are some of Italy’s best and most exciting wines right now, and wine lovers shouldn’t miss out on them.” Place your order today!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021 All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, April 22, 2021.