Calabretta Pinot Noir Massimiliano 2010
Producer: Azienda Vinicola Calabretta
Location: Randazo, Sicily, Italy
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sicily IGT
Alcohol: 12.5% abv
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“Calabretta is a really, really amazing winery. It was Calabretta that inspired the infamous Belgian Frank Corneilessen start his winery in 2001. Calabretta was really instrumental in inspiring and accommodating Frank in his early forays. Calabretta has been joined by, in the last eighteen years now, at least 40 to 50 cellars that promote Etna, at least 80 labels on the marketplace and all the big wineries of Sicily, and now many of the most famous wineries in the rest of Italy have also arrived on Etna. Etna is now going through an absolute gold-rush of new projects, The area is being rediscovered from almost nothingness up to the point of being one of the world’s great names.”
~ David Harvey, Wine Expert
The current winemaker is Max Calabretta, who lectures in engineering in Genoa, and his team run the vineyard and winery outside Randazzo, which is on the western edge of Etna’s famous north valley.
Their wines are aged in botte grande, large classic Italian casks. They have also got some very small production wines like Pinot Noir and hundred year old vine parcels which produce so little wine, they can’t fill a large cask. Those wines, the Pinot Noir and the two very old wine bottlings, are raised in older small casks for a short period of time, normally one and a half to two years. Careful temperature control in the winery facilitates natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations without the addition of commercial yeasts, in compliance with the principles of natural wine making.