SRC, Etna Rosso 'Rivaggi' 2019Regular price $62.00 Save $-62.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese & Grenache
SRC is a small family operation that started in just 2013. Amazingly, the wines are low-production and have just recently become available here in Ohio. It is the force of husband and wife duo, Rori and Cinzia, as well as their daughter, Sandra. This is how SRC gets its name—an acronym of all their names. The project began as a small plot of land of just 0.5 hectares that Rori purchased as a surprise for Cinzia, one that went over rather well as the family continued acquiring land. The identity of Etna comes through in each of SRC’s wines where they showcase the ancient low-yielding vines, the volcanic soils, and the charming Mediterranean spirit. The family uses a careful hand in the cellar, allowing the fruit to shine—no sulfur and minimal oak ageing. We agree with many who say these wines are truly representative of their sense of place more so than any other place in the world.
This is an entirely different approach to Nerello comparatively. Here, the fruit comes from 80 year old vines growing at almost 1000 meters in elevation. Grenache, known for growing well at high altitudes, makes up the remaining fifth of the blend. The juice goes through a unique winemaking journey; it ages in steel first, then a couple months in used French barrels, and finally back into the steel to complete the ageing. “Rivaggi” has everything going for it; the wine has backbone and elegance, fruit and minerality, acidity and aromatics.