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WTN: Super Sicilian (Terre Nere Prephylloxera)

by David M. Bueker » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:46 pm

2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (11/9/2017)
Tasted blind alongside two other 2014 Terre Nere wines (Calderara Sottana and Feudo di Mezzo), this was a big step up. Don't get me wrong, I really liked all three bottlings, but the increase in both intensity and elegance of this bottling was very clear. The aromatics promised so much, and the flavors delivered. Flowers, red berries, wet stones, rosemary, anise, pencil shavings and more all swirled around, each one peeking out on its own once in a while, or mingled together in the mix. It was a fascinating wine just to smell, which is always the sign off a great bottling. On the palate the fruit showed off at first, with the herbal and floral elements coming in on the mid-palate. The texture was firm but supple, with more elegant tannic expression than the other two bottles. What really set this wine apart was a beautiful creaminess on the finish, and the lingering palate presence. One sip lasted so long. Great balance and depth predict a long future for the wine. It was a privilege and pleasure to taste it.
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Re: WTN: Super Sicilian (Terre Nere Prephylloxera)

by Rahsaan » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:11 pm

This does sound special. And it makes me curious to taste. I see it's not cheap, but it's also not prohibitively expensive. I guess the main challenge is getting one of the very limited bottles?
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Re: WTN: Super Sicilian (Terre Nere Prephylloxera)

by David M. Bueker » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:21 pm

It's worth the search.
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Re: WTN: Super Sicilian (Terre Nere Prephylloxera)

by ChaimShraga » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:25 am

Nice. I really like this winery and I have a bottle of the Prephylloxera 2010 still hoarded away.
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Re: WTN: Super Sicilian (Terre Nere Prephylloxera)

by Patchen Markell » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:49 pm

Found this on a wine list in Chicago last night. Wouldn’t normally pay the markup, but the wine director there has been very generous to us for years, so why not? And wow, you’re not kidding. No formal TN but this is really stunning stuff. Thanks, slightly belatedly, for this note....
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