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BONAVITA 10 FARO
BONAVITA 2010 FARO
Item: #302024
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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One of Sicily's wine jewels, besides Mount Etna, is its neighbor, the DOC Faro. This wine region is perched on the top of the Monte Peloritani ridge on Sicily's extreme east, its vineyards Read More...
literally overlooking the Strait of Messina. Vines have been grown in this part of Sicily since the time of the first Greek settlements. The climate here is cooler than one would expect and the grapes aren't harvested until October.

Giovanni Scarfone's tiny Bonavita estate has been in his family for more than 100 years. Giovanni, after studying agriculture in Bologna, returned home and converted the vineyards to organic farming (his father and his grandfather never used any chemicals anyway). The yields he gets from the vines are very low; the wine is fermented with indigenous yeast in small stainless steel tanks and aged in used oak barrels. He uses no sulfur during vinification. The 2010 Faro is composed of 60% Nerello Mascalese, 30% Nerello Capuccio and 10% Nocera. Ruby colored, this wine displays a sweet, exotic nose of hay, red berry fruit and garden herbs. In the mouth flavors of crushed red fruits lead to the lively and dry long finish. Serve this with rich meat dishes.
CALABRETTA 12 CALA CALA
CALABRETTA 2012 CALA CALA ROSSO
Item: #301992
Bottle Size:750ml
$16.98
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MURGO 10 BT ROSE
MURGO 2010 BRUT ROSE METODO CLASSICO
Item: #376419
Bottle Size:750ml
$19.98
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First, a little story on how this wine made its way onto our shelves: it was this summer when Todd our Winebar Manager and John went to Mozza in Newport Beach for a late supper and Read More...
tried a sparkling Rose wine from Sicily. Todd thought it was extraordinary and would make a great addition to Hi-Time, and told his associates. A few weeks later Todd and the Hi-Time crew took another trip to Mozza, and Veronica flipped when she tried this sparkling Nerello Mascalese. She emailed a picture of the bottle to their Champagne buyer Jim, telling him of this wonderful sparking wine. It was produced by the Sicilian estate, Murgo, but not much else was known about the producer. The next day, she did some research to find out who distributed the wine and relayed the info to Jim, who called the distributor to taste him on the sparkling Nerello Mascalese. Lo and behold, Jim was a fan too, and in a few days this wine had found a home at Hi-Time. Sometimes, it takes a village.

This Sicilian estate is located 1,700 feet above sea level on the southeast portion of Mount Etna (an active volcano), and has been producing wines from these volcanic soils since 1850. This wine is made in Metodo Classico, the same way in which they make Champagne. Most people have not heard of a Nerello Mascalese, not to mention a sparkling Nerello Mascalese, however Murgo has done an excellent job at making themselves known. Murgo received honorable mention for their sparkling wines from Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson in their book, “The Concise World Atlas of Wine.” Upon pouring in the glass, the bubbles are racy and abundant, with an amber pink color, a floral and red berry nose, followed on the palate by notes of cherries and watermelon. It is vibrant, showing rich red fruit but not sweet, with a lingering finish. The cranberry notes of this sparkling wine make this a slam dunk to accompany Thanksgiving fare.
TERRE NERE 10 PREPHYLLOXERA
TENUTE DELLE TERRE NERE 2010 PREPHYLLOXERA
Item: #303417
Bottle Size:750ML
$84.99
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From Nerello Mascalese 100 from vineyards dating back to 1870 that are located on the northern slope of Mount Etna at 650 meters above sea level in Contrada Calderara. Aged in barriques Read More...
for 15-18 months, the wine shows a deep ruby color with complex aromas of fruit and spice on the palate concentrated, but elegant at the same time aromonico and goes with red meats, game and aged cheeses. Proprietors Marco and Iano de Grazia are best known for the extensive portfolio their company represents but they are also proving to be very talented winemakers. Tenuta delle Terre Nere is located on SicilyAAAs Mount Etna, a recently re-discovered region that is set to challenge readersAAA perceptions of Sicilian wines. These are believed to be the highest vineyards in Italy and Europe. The late-ripening indigenous Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Capuccio yield wines of notable aromatic complexity, with finessed tannins and a weightless quality that recalls Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo.

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TERRE NERE 12 ETNA ROSSO
TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE 2012 ETNA ROSSO
Item: #302753
Bottle Size:750ML
$17.98
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As our newsletter is being written (November 16, 2013, to be exact), Mount Etna erupts! What a precarious position this must make for a winery, and yet this is the norm for Importer Read More...
Marco Di Grazia who makes the wines of Sicily’s Tenuta Delle Terre Nere. Marco farms the land of these terraced hills of lava rock to produce some of the most elegant, soulful wines we have tasted. The 2012 Etna Rosso is the estate’s entry level wine made of 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio. One cannot stop thinking of the black lava rock as you taste this wine. There is, of course, a fine core of dark raspberry fruit, but it is outlined by pristine black earth. The wine soars with red fruits and bright acids, and then goes to a deeper level with that dark finish. Customers who have purchased this wine in the past have become immediate fans of this Sicilian wine, and the 2012 vintage is definitely worth seeking out. On the island of Sicily stands Mount Etna, one of the world’s most unique locations for growing grapes. At nearly 11,000 feet, this is home to one of the most active volcanoes in Europe, known throughout history. It is believed that the ancient Greeks thought this locale to be the home of Vulcan, god of fire… and with every eruption he forged weapons for Mars, god of war.
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