2014 Paolo Caciorgna "N'Anticchia" Etna Rosso

SKU #1406748 94 points James Suckling

 Loads of lemon-grass, strawberry and fresh-basil character. Full to medium body, soft and silky tannins and lots of fresh fruit and intensity. Goes on for a long, long time. Delicious. Drink or hold.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A creamy, spiced red, showing dusty tannins layered with flavors of macerated cherry, sage, slivered almond and orange peel. Chewy finish. (AN)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

In the early 2000s Paolo Caciorgna, a consulting enologist, accompanied the famed Italian-American wine exporter Marc de Grazia to Mount Etna to help him on his quest to find a property. If you haven’t met Marc (or Marco) before, he’s incredibly convincing about whatever he chooses to espouse. He’s the Mr. Ice Cubes to Eskimos salesman, but with an incredible passion and drive for purity and for things Italian. Paolo is the quintessential opposite of Marco — subtle, ever-smiling, with a Zen-like ability to sense place, terroir, and most of all, potential. Marco went on to buy property, vineyards, and a winery for his award-winning Terre Nere winery, yet the ice cube salesman also convinced Paolo to buy a series of small, very old vineyards so he could make his own wine instead of just being a consultant for someone else. Like many of us, he succumbed to Marco’s passionate sales pitch and he went all in — at least, on a tiny collection of vineyards. In 2005 Paolo released his first Paolo Caciorgna N'Anticchia Etna Rosso. It was an immediate critical success. However, sales were never Paolo’s forte, and he partnered with, well, the wrong sales partner, and so basically, after a few years he had to start over. Although the quality of his wines never wavered, Paolo’s presence in the marketplace took a bit of a hit. Over the last four years he’s slowly built that reputation back.


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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2019 | Send Email
One of the best wines I’ve ever tasted from Mount Etna. The nose is sublime, redolent of a compote of wild cherry and wild raspberries. Just heavenly, yet this is no fruit bomb— this is Etna, and the smoky minerality of the wine comes through on the nose. Etna Rosso on the palate always shows earth, leather, and Middle Eastern spice. Texturally, it seems more like Barolo, with a veil of tannin cupping the middle fruit. This is a sensational wine—you must try it.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2019 | Send Email
The name of this rare and exceptional red means "a little" in Sicilian dialect and reflects the tiny amount of this wine produced. As good as his Ciauria and Guardoilvento wines are, the N'Anticchia is deeper, richer, earthier and more complex with a wonderful array of black raspberry and cherry fruit, fine grippy tannins and a very long finish. This a truly special wine and certainly among the top old vines Etna Rossos made.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Sicily