The father-son team of Giovanni and Alessandro Valenti have embarked upon the journey to produce the very best wines from their homeland of Mount Etna in Sicily. Being avid lovers of literature and music, the names of their wines reflect this passion. Enrico IV, Henry IV (Enrico IV) is an Italian play by Luigi Pirandello; Puritani – I puritani (The Puritans) is an opera in three acts by Vincenzo Bellini; Norma is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Poesia is Poetry in Italian.
Grapes / Soils
|Nerello Masalese||Planted 2011||Black volcanic; tan volcanic|
- As luck would have it, the first Valenti purchase was the famed Guardiola vineyard, the highest vineyard in Etna at 700-800m (2296-2624 ft). Subsequent purchases, including a vineyard older than 100 years, have also proven to be outstanding.
- The Valenti holdings are a mixture of some very old vines (mostly 40-50 years of age) and new plantings.
- The vineyards are all some of the highest in the Etna region and with elevation comes cooler terroir.
- The vineyards are planted primarily with the famed red variety of the region, Nerello Mascalese, a little Nerello Cappuccio, and for white wine Carricante.
- Vineyard Location: Etna north-east
- Position and type of land plot: lava, north-east; altitude 750m (2460ft)
- Giovanni is rigorous about implementing organic farming practices and uses only natural products to prevent disease and treat the vines. The diversity of plants and herbs throughout the vineyards is testimony to these farming efforts. Add soil tilled by donkeys and other farm animals, plus hand-harvesting, and you get true artisan viticulture.
- Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are two varieties that originated on the island of Sicily.
- Nerello Mascalese takes its name from the Mascari plain in Catania. DOC Etna Rosso is considered the finest example of wine made from this grape due to the protracted ripening season from high altitude vineyards.
- Etna D.O.C. Rosso/Rosato: Nerello Mascalese (minimum 80%), Nerello Cappuccio/Mantellato (no more than 20%). Can include up to 10% other non-aromatic grapes, including white.
- Made from Nerello Masalese grapes.
- Vine age – planted 2011.
- Grown on soils of black volcanic and tan volcanic.
- Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
- Aged in stainless steel tanks and the bottle.
- Aged for 8 months in the stainless steel tanks and 4 months in the bottle.
- Wine type: Dry Rosé.
- Grape variety: 100% Nerello Mascalese.
- Fermentation: short maceration, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
- Alcohol content: 14%.
- Acidity: 5 g/l.
- Aging: In stainless steel for 8 months, further bottle aging for 4 months.
- Bottle Type: Bourgogne budonetta.
The 2014 Etna Rosato Poesia is yet another wine that affirms my enthusiasm for rosé wines made on Mount Etna. This Nerello Mascalese-based Rosato only sees stainless steel and offers an exciting array of unleashed aromas. You get loads of peach with citrus, cassis, dried mint and basil leaf. It reveals a pale pink color and a soft, silky texture.
|Proprietors||Giovanni & Alessandro Valenti (father & son)|
|Annual Production||4,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable|