2014 Graci Etna Rosso BarbabecchiMassanois
This small property of just 4 acres is planted with Nerello Mascalese and it is at an elevation between 3,000 and 4,200 feet above sea level. These vines were planted over 100 years ago before the phylloxera epidemic that destroyed most vineyards in Europe in the late 1800’s. Naturally, these are ungrafted vines with their own roots. The remainder of the property is planted with Olives and Apples. At this high elevation the grapes are picked in November. These grapes don’t receive any treatments whatsoever- even those approved by the organic farming standards. The Barbabecchi vineyard produces an austere, very special wine of great depth.