Lava is flowing on the Big island of Hawaii as I type! And what a coincidence! I just tasted an extremely RARE bottle of the 2010 Giovi Pirao Etna Rosso from one of the highest elevated Contradas on the northern side of Mt Etna (Pirao is situated at 900+ meters asl) in Sicilia. It’s an extra special treat to see how this wine, from organically farmed, 80+ year old vines of Nerello Mascalese growing in a diversity of volcanic flows, has already aged into such a brilliant expression, but with potential for more evolution. And as you can imagine, at this high elevation Nerello Mascalese does not ripen sufficiently for harvest until mid November. Talk about hang time! And Brrrrr! The 2010 Giovi Pirao Etna Rosso is 100% varietal, fermented with native yeast, and then aged in used botti from 200-500 L for at least two years in a natural underground cavern. The importer was allocated ONLY 150 BOTTLES direct from the winery’s “bunker”! We received 50 bottles. Currently, there are only 3 bottles remaining. No reviews or ratings on this one…..nothing to be found! But I can tell you, big billowy aromas of balsamic splashed wild berries mingle with nuances of volcanic “iron-spice” minerality, which then repeats on the palate in a dry, full-bodied mouthful of charm enhanced by firmly knit, round and supple tannins. What a discovery!