Alnus
Etna Rosato DOC

Alnus is the wine we dedicate to hundreds of generations of Etnean winegrowers that have built what we are preserving.

The original plan was to make a rosé. But it would be disparaging to just put this wine into a category. It is fresh and sharp-edged like a great white, and at the same time full and comforting as only a good red Etna can be.

Only a few thousand bottles to share: to little for a rosé that is no rosé.


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Varietals: Nerello Mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio


Vines: espalier, currently in conversion to traditional bush training system


Age of vineyard: 10 years


Altitude: 650 m amsl


Terrain: Sandy, volcanic, very rich in minerals, with subacid reaction.


Vinification: The grapes are harvest and selected, brought to the winery in shallow crates, where the whole clusters are soft-crushed. The old Etnean “pista e mutta” technique is applied: the must is separated from the skins after a very short maceration. Fermentation at 20-25 °C.


Maturation: In concrete vats for about 5 months.


Refining: In the bottles for at least 2 months.


Produced bottles: 14,000 (2012 vintage)


Tasting notes:

Eye: rosé with light ruby glares.
Nose: floreal, with fresh notes of strawberry and raspberry.
Palate: dry, harmonic, spicy, pleasant acidity.


Alcohol: 12.5%

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