A wine whose lighter colour and mid-weight palate belies its power and precision. The first ever release of Angelo Gaja's joint venture Etna Rosso is loaded with deliciously ripe, jammy fruits, spice, and a tell-tale volcanic soil intensity. Superb.
Winemakers Tasting Note: Sweet aromas, like marzipan, sour black cherry and mulberry rise from the glass. The wine shows notes of candied citrus fruits, tomato leaves and oregano. Idda has a clear
expression of ripe and sweet fruit on the palate. Remarkably Burgundian in weight and
style for a wine from somewhere so completely different.
Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks partially in oak and in concrete vats. Followed by 24 months of ageing in oak and concrete.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Etna is not just a volcano: it is a mountain that originated over hundreds of thousands of years of lava eruptions. The Sicilians attribute a female nature to it: a strict yet generous mother, which is why they call her ‘IDDA’, meaning ‘SHE’ in the Sicilian dialect. IDDA is also the name of a joint venture involving two families: Gaja and Graci. They own 20 hectares of vineyards, between 600m and 800m a.s.l., in the villages of Belpasso and Biancavilla. The grape varieties currently planted are Nerello Mascalese and Carricante. The 2017 is the first vintage of IDDA Etna Rosso.