Tascante, founded in 2007, is one of five farms under the Tasca d’Almerita project, first founded in 1830. Four of the five farms are on Sicily, the fifth (Tenuta Capofaro) being located on the Aeolian Island of Salina, a natural reserve since 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage site. These are all premier sites, very unique. Tascante is located on the eastern coast of Sicily with 99 terraces and 200 walls built into the hillside, forming the vineyards into the hillsides. They also have a vast expanse of chestnut trees across 24 acres, plus 400 olive trees. Nerello Mascalese is the most common red variety on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna and has seen increased quality over the last decade as growers up their ante in farming, vine care, and harvesting. The portion of the property for this bottling has north facing exposure and the blend is from their younger vines, aged in oak casks for 12 months.
Label I.Q.: ‘Ghiaia Nera’ translates to ‘black gravel’ and the grape is pronounced ‘nair-rello mask-ah-lay-zay’.