I recently had the pleasure of tasting two grand crus from Marco de Grazie's Terre Nerre

They were the Calderara Sottana 2016 and the San Lorenzo 2016

Wow what amazing wines.

The Calderara has an effusive nose with great frutta di bosco and forest floor . Also tobacco and vanilla touches. It explodes on the pallet and covers all parts with full expressions

The San Lorenzo is deeper with a floral nose edging toward violets and camomile. It has a touch of aggression expressed in the tannins and acidity. Also great fruit

Both are grown at altitude on the northern slopes of Etna and spend 18 months in large oak format

They are Sicilian but certainly in style remind me of some of the better Burgundian expressions




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Yes the prices have increased

They now differentiate between their top Cru's which they put in a Grand Cru classification

These are San Lorenzo and Calderara. Marco says his wines are somewhere between a Piedmont nebbiolo and a Burgundy Pinot Noir

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