The land they cultivate has a unique and extraordinary geological history: its characteristics are the result of centuries of volcanic eruptions. To fully appreciate the morphological complexity of this landscape, one has only to think that Mount Etna formed over half a million years ago. Each “sciara” (a word derived from the Arabic), in other words, each lavaflow which has cooled and solidified on the mountain’s slopes, has been shaped and transformed by the passage of time and by human activity, rendering Etna’s contrade, or districts, very diverse – as are the wines produced here.
Ruby red with an elegant nose of good complexity and notes of cherries and plums, leather and tobacco. Fresh and complex, with supple, velvety tannins, good structure. Pleasurable to drink, with lovely length. Attractive nose of lavender, cranberry, orange peel, rosemary and clove. Tangy and bright, with vivid acidity and fine, silky tannins. Crunchy red and citrus fruit. Delicious already.
San Lorenzo is a single vineyard wine from a contrada in Randazzo. It sits 750-780 meters above sea level and the vines are now over 80 years old. The entire vineyard is around 8 hectares but only the oldest 1 hectare parcel of vines is selected for the single contrada bottling. The rest is used for A Rina and the Rosato. The wine is almost entirely Nerello Mascalese but also have very small amounts of Nerello Cappuccio since the varieties are co-planted. San Lorenzo is fermented in a combination of formats - 2,600 liter barrels, cement, and vat.