Puritani Etna Rosso – 2012

Region: italy - sicily


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 2004 Black volcanic

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • As luck would have it, the first Valenti purchase was the famed Guardiola vineyard, the highest vineyard in Etna at 7-800m (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.
Winemaker's Notes
  • 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%). Up to 10% other non-aromatic grapes, including white, can be included.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Nerello Mascalese grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 2004.
  • Grown on soils of black volcanic.
  • Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in Slavonian oak casks of 10/ 20/50 HL.
  • Aged for 18 months in Slavonian oak casks and at least 8 months in the bottle.
Technical Information
  • Grape variety: 100% Nerello Mascalese
  • Fermentation: de-stemming, cold maceration, fermentation at controlled temperature, very long maceration
  • Alcohol content: 13.5%
  • Acidity: 5 g/l
  • Aging: 18 months in Slavonian oak casks of 10/ 20/50 HL, at least 8 months in bottle
  • Bottle Type: Bourgogne dubonetta


90 Points

Showing a dark ruby appearance, the 2012 Etna Rosso Puritani embraces a traditional side of Etna winemaking. The nose is likable and bright. There are some quirky impurities on the bouquet and maybe a touch of volatile acidity with soapy floral aromas and apple skin. Those aromas lift to reveal dark berry, dusty mineral tones and light spice. The tannins show a slightly gritty texture.

Robert Parker, September, 2015

89 Points

This opens with earthy aromas that recall woodland berry, leather and a scorched earth.  The medium-bodied palate offers ripe red cherry, licorice and a hint of toasted nut alongside firm tannins.

Wine Enthusiast, June, 2017

General Info

Country Italy
Region Sicily
Appellation(s) Mount Etna
Proprietors Giovanni & Alessandro Valenti (father & son)
Founded 2000
Winemaker Emiliano Falsini
Annual Production 4,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable