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In a tasting of wines from Mt. Etna in Sicily, the NY times declared this wine the best value of the day "Light-bodied, elegant and perfumed, with plenty of zest and verve. Three stars" Grown in Etna's famous volcanic soils, the 85% Nerello Mascalese and 15% Nerello Mantellato grapes are then vinified in a combination of large wooden vats and stainless steel for 12 months before bottling. A little spicy and peppery, this wine would really go well with pork ravioli in a sage, brown butter sauce.
The Murgo estate is located in a privileged position on the southeast slopes of Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily, at a height of 500 meters above sea level. Since 1981, Emanuele Scammacca, Barone del Murgo, helped by sons, Michele, Pietro, and Matteo, has been modernizing both the winery and the vineyards to improve the quality of his wines, which are now considered some of the foremost in the Etna area. The family holds a particularly special reference to the Brut as it is one of the most important wines that they produce in the traditional method champenoise.
Sicily's wine history dates back to ancient Greece, when the tiny island was a Hellenic colony. Though most famous for its sweet Marsala produced on the western side of the isle, Sicily also features a broad pallette of exciting dry wines made from native varietals that hail from its eastern coastal region. Carricante, for example, is a white wine grape that's indigineous to the black ashen soils of Italy's largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. Nero d'Avola is Sicily's most famous red wine grape, though Nerello Mascalese grown further north of Avola in the Catania region may give it a run for its money in the near future. No matter what kind of wine you enjoy, Sicily's got something that will kick-start your palate.