A hidden and very old winery in Sicilly produces an amazing wine on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna.
Secondo di Castello Solicchiata 2010 is a blockbuster of a wine! A blend of three varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot makes this a hearty affair.
It's a peculiar wine in that the wine cellar is built into the lava basin at the base of Mt Etna, so you will definitely notice it's volcanic and sulphurous influence throughout.
It smells of the soil and it tastes of the soil, that scorched earth smouldering beneath the surface just waiting to deliver an eruption of gusto.
But a word of advice, decant for at least a few hours or more. This is a must do!
Once rested the aromas are intoxicating with dark fruit, oak, vanilla, balsamic notes, clove, charcoal, smoke, exotic spices, strong coffee, dark chocolate and a leafy vegetal hint.
The palate is bold yet sophisticated. Juicy with stewed fruit, smoked meats, cocoa powder, very smooth integrated tannins and a long velvety finish. A celebratory wine that in it's day was served to the Italian aristocracy, so once your table is spread with grilled red meats, cured cheeses, carnes en salsa, hearty vegetable stews, then you can sit back and truly feel like royalty.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot