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Expressions of Etna - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Mixed Case - The Volcanic Selection, Expressions of Mount Etna - 6 bottles

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We have put together a mixed case to showcase the fascinating wines from the slopes of Europe's highest Volcano, Mount Etna. Having lived and studied in Catania, it is a mountain I came to know a little. It is a barren and foreboding place on the upper slopes, when you get close to the crater, you can feel the heat coming up through the ground and supposedly, you can fry and egg on the rocks. On the lower slopes however, it is rich in vegetation and volcanic soils are great for growing the vine. The soils contain primary minerals which have an abundance of nutrients and many think that this soil composition imparts minerality into the wine (although the concept of minerality is something that is up for debate). Certainly the grape varieties and wine making traditions make for fascinating wines of complexity and subtlety. Also, there has been an explosion (excuse the pun) of natural production on Etna in the last couple of decades with guys like Frank Cornelissen, Salvo Foti and more recently Anna Meartens making distinctive natural wines, low in sulphur and expressing the wild complexity of the main local grapes, Carricante and Nerello Mascalese. This case contains wines from just a few of these great producers to hopefully demonstrate the diversity and sheer quality of the wines being produced on the mountain.

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