You may recall back in 2015 when Barbaresco icon Angelo Gaja announced a joint venture with one of Etna’s most respected producers Alberto Graci. Together they purchased a vineyard on the south-west side of Etna and named their new project “Idda” (ee-duh) which means “she” in the Sicilian dialect, and is a local term of endearment for the living, breathing “mother” Mt. Etna.
Now the highly guarded and strictly allocated debut vintage of Idda Etna Rosso 2017 has been released.
After resting a few days we just could not resist any longer. A very impressive first collaboration. Very pretty and feminine light shade of scarlet with great clarity. The pretty aromas are full of floral and red fruits, but with an underlying volcanic “essence” or light fumed minerality. The finished wine is 98% Nerello Mascalese blended with just 2% Nerello Cappuccio. Both the fermentation and the two years of aging occurred in a combination of 50 hectoliter oak vats (1320 gallon barrels) and cement tanks. Soft pressing was carried out during maceration on the skins. Full, but gentle on the palate, with grace and refinement. Muted, but still noticeable attractive bitterness on the finish, while the slight tannins taper down. The wine was bottled in mid-October 2019.