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The Mystique of Mount Etna - The Birth of Cool

2017 Tenuta Tascante Etna Rosso Contradas
January 4, 2022


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Over the past 30 years, what has happened to the wines of Mount Etna in Sicily has indeed been remarkable. Etna has an incredible wine history but never got well known outside Sicily. These wines have generated interest like the “hot” wines of Burgundy and Barolo. This is the only time we have seen the “Birth of Cool” emerge like this in the wine world. Of course, this means that demand is high and allocations are small.

Federal Wine was the first store in America to bring in the wines of Mount Etna, and we still have better access to these gems to take care of you in this offer. In my opinion, for many years, Tasca d’Almerita has been the most extraordinary winery in Sicily. Instead of bulk production, Tasca changed wine production in Sicily to high quality, unique and authentic.

With their newer project Tenuta Tascante, Tasca owns several vineyards on Mount Etna in Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia. They bottle their wines under the Contrade system, which identifies small hamlets of vineyards according to soil type and age, elevation, and exposition. All of these wines project expression and beauty. All are made with the classic and unique Nerello Mascalese grapes and combine style and elegance with underlying subtle drive and power. You could call them the “Miles Davis” of wines.

These wines share a character of cherry and flowers with balanced structure and spice. These wines also share an “Etna” identity, which could only occur in this place of mystique, magical soil, climate, and biodiversity.


2017 Tenuta Tascante Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso: This one is the most approachable with herb notes. Excellent  53/bottle

2017 Tenuta Tascante Contrada Pianodario Etna Rosso: This one shows a rich finish and more prominent spice  Really Excellent  53/bottle

2017 Tenuta Tascante Contrada Schiaranuova Etna Rosso: This one has a nutty character in the finish. Really Excellent  53/bottle


Special six-pack two bottles of each of the above for a special price of $288 (48/bottle)

Special mixed case: 4 bottles of each of the above for a special price of $540 (45/bottle)

Bonus: Very Rare Limited Old Vine Tascante

2017 Tenuta Tascante Contrada Schiaranuova Vigna Vecchia Etna Rosso: This one shows an old vine creamy texture with power in the finish. Outstanding:  112/bottle NET


Wines are due to arrive Friday


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