Versante Nord 2017 by Eduardo Torres Acosta
Eduardo's Versante Nord is one of those wines that stands for total terroir expression. The wine consists of 85% of the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape, the rest is a blend of Nerello Capuccio, Grenache and Carricante. Due to the northern exposure on Mount Etna where it's much cooler, the wine has a purist, cool aesthetic with gripping, vibrating minerality. The soils up here are made of volcanic ash interspersed with numerous eruptions, thus giving the wine its distinctive character. On the palate there is a rich grip with a young integrated tannin structure. Eduardo ferments spontaneously in concrete vats and then ages the wine for another 16 months in cement and large wooden barrels. The Versante Nord needs a little patience and time to fully develop, we recommend caraffing the wine for an hour and using bigger glasses. No wonder that Sicily is considered the Burgundy of Italy.