Tenuta di Fessina, “Il Musmeci“ 2012

Tenuta di Fessina

Etna Rosso

Etna Rosso Il Musmeci emerges from the glass with sweet red cherries, flowers and mint. Strong and austere yet integrated tannins lead to an enjoyable finish. It captures many of the elements that make the wines of the Etna so compelling.

“Tenuta di Fessina, Il Musmeci Etna Rosso 2012 – 93+ points. “Sweet red cherries, flowers and mint are all woven together in the 2012 Etna Rosso Il Musmeci. The Musmeci is one of the most gracious, elegant and complete wines I taste from the Etna this year. It possesses breathtaking purity and delineation, with phenomenal balance and no sense of excess heaviness whatsoever. The 2012 will be a fascinating wine to follow over the next decade, give or take. The Musmeci is 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio that spent 15 months in cask and tonneaux” (The Wine Advocate #205, February 28, 2013)


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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, the classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the needs of wine-bearing grape vines. The soils, and the mountains from which they came, are of particular interest when it comes to studying Sicilian viticulture.

Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano at 10,930ft (3330m), is responsible for the mineral-rich, dark soils which characterize the Etna DOC. Vineyards are now being planted higher up on the volcanic slopes, to capitalize on the cooler air and richer soils there. Fifty miles (80km) south, the Iblei Mountains stake their place in eastern Sicilian wine. On their lower slopes and the coastal plains below them, the DOCs of Siracusa, Noto and Vittoria sweep from east to west, forming a crescent which mirrors the arcing coastline.

Wine Appellations

IGT: Sicilia; Terre Siciliane; Avola

DOC: Etna; Noto; Marsala; Pantelleria; Sicilia; Vittoria

DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria Indigenous Grapes varieties White: Carricante; Cataratto; Grillo; Inzolia; Malvasia delle Lipari; Zibibbo Red: Alicante; Frappato; Grecanico; Nerello Mascalese; Nerello Cappuccio; Nero d’Avola; Perricone; Syrah

Grape Varieties

In terms of red-wine varieties, the most common after Nero d'Avola is Grecanico, accompanied by small quantities of Alicante (Grenache), Perricone, and Frappato, the latter being the key ingredient in Sicily’s only DOCG wine Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Sibling varieties Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are also small players in terms of volume, but are of vital importance around Mount Etna. In regard of white wines the principal grape varieties are: Cataratto, Inzolia, Grillo, and Carricante