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2011 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2014

Bright red.  Captivating aromas of red cherry, graphite, aromatic herbs and violet.  Then rich, dense and suave in the mouth, offering ripe red cherry and red berry flavors and extremely silky tannins.  The bright acidity gives this wine a refined, almost austere quality.  Finishes very long and dry, but not drying.  An absolute knockout of a wine, and the best Santo Spirito ever.  Made from a higher-altitude vineyard that usually delivers very fine, silky tannins, this wine is a major success in 2011, a year in which higher vineyards were generally penalized by rainfall.  If you know Barolo well--for example the wines of Monforte--then think of Etna's Guardiola like Ginestra (more fleshy and tannic), while Santo Spirito is more like Bussia (powerful but graceful). 

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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