Donnafugata Fragore Etna Rosso

Etna Rosso DOC – Contrada Montelaguardia, Sicilia

Fragore 2016 amazes for its extraordinary complexity and volcanic elegance. The Etna Rosso Cru of Donnafugata is the precious result of Nerello Mascalese grapes from Montelaguardia district. The bouquet is ample and profound with spicy scents, wild berries, with mineral and balsamic notes. The palate reflects perfectly the nose offering also important tannins and a remarkable long finish.

Tasting Notes

Pale ruby red color, Fragore presents an ample and profound bouquet featuring spices (sweet tobacco and nutmeg), floral notes (violet) and wild berries merging with mineral (flint stone) and balsamic notes. On the palate it reveals extraordinary complexity and elegance characterized by outstanding minerality and important tannins. Remarkable long finish.

Ideal with legumes, mushrooms and tasty meats. Fragore perfectly matches turkey and barbecue ribs. Try it also with Asian food as Peking duck, beef and pork hot pots. Serve at 18 °C.

An autumn and winter with little rainfall. The 2016 vintage recorded 519 mm of rainfall, below the average* of 799 mm that characterizes the north side of the volcano, between Randazzo and Passopiscaro, where Donnafugata has its vineyards in 5 different districts. This figure did not have significant consequences. In very loose terrains like these volcanic ones, the root system of the grapevine can go deep and capture the moisture it needs. No excessive heat peaks during the summer; some rain in late August certainly helped the vines, allowing them to complete the cycle of a contained and balanced production. The ripening of the grapes was slow and regular, also thanks to the mild temperatures on many days between September and October. Excellent from the qualitative point of view, the 2016 vintage gave wines with intense perfumes and harmonious tannins; wines of particular finesse and harmony. (*AGRICULTURAL YEAR: for Etna/Randazzo it is considered from 1 November to 31 October; RAINFALL: obtained from SIAS, Sicilian Agrometeorological Service, the average has been calculated in Randazzo since 2007.) 

Once the clusters reach the winery they undergo further selection on a vibrating table, followed by grape selection thanks to a latest generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for 10-12 days at a temperature of 25 °C. Aging in French oak (second and third passage barriques) for 14 months and then at least 10 months in bottle before release.

DENOMINATION: Etna Rosso DOC - Contrada Montelaguardia. GRAPES: Nerello Mascalese – A black grape variety that gives rise to the prestigious Etna DOC domination in this unique terroir of the volcano. PRODUCTION ZONE: Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna, in Montelaguardia district at Randazzo. ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 14.40 % vol. - total acidity 5.7g/l - pH 3.55

TERRITORIES: altitude 750 m a.s.l.; the composition of the sandy texture lavic soil is characterized by a subacid-neutral reaction, with good organic endowment. Deep, rich in minerals, the lavic soil allows strong root growth. VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning and a density of about 4,500 plants per hectare or Alberello (low bushy vine) and 6,900 plants per hectare. Crop yield is of 4 - 5 tons/hectare.

  • 90

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    Wine & Spirits, October 2020

    "Year's Best Etna Wines. This wine rested for 14 months in French oak barrels (second and third use) that imparted notes of sweet resin, caramel and dark chocolate to the red plum and mixed berry flavors. Cellar it for a couple of years to allow these oak-driven flavors to integrate with the vibrant fruit."

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    Wine Spectator, October 2020

    "A graceful red, round and well-knit, featuring a spicy, mineral-laced undertow and flavors of crushed cherry and cured tobacco. Fresh, with a touch of smoky mineral driving the lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,250 cases made, 50 cases imported."

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  • 93

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "Here is a new and exciting wine from the folks at Donnafugata. The 2016 Etna Rosso Contrada Montelaguardia Fragore is a compact and mid-weight expression that opens to a pretty garnet color with dark ruby hues. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry and cassis, but you also get hints of wild rose, smoke, tar and volcanic smoke. As a first vintage of this wine from Etna, the folks at Donnafugata have hit the nail on the head. This is a great wine for a blackened tuna steak on the grill. Some 15,000 bottles were made."

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

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    Vinous, August 2019

    "Luminous deep red. Knockout nose offers tangy red fruits, minerals and porcini complicated by Oriental spices and broom. Conveys an impression of superb concentration but also of nonpareil refinement, boasting the uncanny combination of tactile presence and deep luscious pristine red fruit, aromatic herb and stony flavors. A wine of great length and potential with a penetrating steely quality and with lots of fruit lurking in the background. This is the first vintage of Donnafugata’s new top of the line Etna Rosso and it’s a beauty. It undoubtedly helps that the grapes come from the Montelaguardia contrada, one of the lesser known but terroir-wise, one of the of the very best Etna contradas of all."

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "Orange peel, pure red plums, sour cherries, tangerines and a ton of lemons. Medium-to full-bodied with great density on the center palate, but really refreshing acidity to carry this through to a long finish. Very impressive and a new wine from this producer. Drink now or hold."

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