Tifeo Rosso - Etna
Tifeo Rosso is a translucent ruby which borders on garnet red. Subtle aromas of cherry and raspberry mix with bolder scents of tobacco, brushwood, leather, and dark chocolate, finishing with a provocative mineral freshness.
Etna DOP blend aged 12 months in oak barrels.
The grapes of Mt. Etna are grown with love and care by the Gambino family. The unique environment of this of this active volcano in Sicily is commonly referred to as the “island within an island.” While grapes don’t grow easily in extreme volcanic conditions, when harvested with care, they create an incredible wine meant to be savored.
Named after the Mascali area in Carania where the grape is thought to have originated, the Nerello Mascalese grape grows in the cool, high altitudes of the active volcano Mt. Etna. Grown primarily on the northeastern side of Sicily, this red grape contains a rustic black volcanic earthy note, and medium weight fine-grained tannins.
The Nerello Cappuccio grape is widely used as a blending grape to add color and alcohol to the wine. Loosely translated from 'Cappuccio' meaning hood and 'Mantello' meaning cloak, the Nerello Cappuccio grape, also called Nerello Mantellato, earns its name from the strange shape of its leaves. The leaves of the grape appear to protect, or "cloak," their grapes defying with fiery and harsh elements of Mount Etna.
When blended together, the Nerello Cappuccio grapes add color and work to soften the tannins of the Nerello Mascalese grapes.
It's all in the name...
Tifeo - Half human and half dragon, Tifeo was a divine creature in Greek mythology. His wings lay between Messina and Syracuse, his tail underneath Naples, and his heart beats under Mount Etna. Tifeo was thought to have temporarily disabled the Greek God Zeus, who was later rescued by his son Hermes.
What We Love About This Wine
- Tifeo Rosso is an Etna DOC wine produced according to highest standards, adhering to stringent winemaking rules.
- Tifeo Rosso reveals an interesting and complex aromatic presentation with notes of brushwood, tabacco and subtle notes of chocolate.
- Tifeo Rosso represents the interesting complexity of the unique Mt. Etna environment.
- Aged for 12 months oak barrels, this wine is best served at 65-68F.
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