2018 Buscemi il Rosso

Etna, Italy

Fresh Sicilian red with its volcanic head in the clouds.


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About the Wine

Trained chemist and Sicilian native Mirella Buscemi, found love on the Etna. Falling for its twin temptations of high altitude ancient bushvines and fellow winemaker Alberto Graci.

Il Rosso comes from a small, mixed plot of native Nerello grapes and the unlikely Grenache, thought to have been imported by earlier Bourbon kings.

Pretty with florals red cherry and some sweetness, this is fresh, tense, nervy and crunchy. A light, minerally red you will just love.

About Buscemi

A chemist by profession and intuition, Mirella Buscemi, was born near Siracusa.

Mirella's husband is the award-winning northern Etna winemaker, Alberto Graci, both dedicated to the terroir of Etna. The couple’s strong conviction of the importance of crus on Etna is markedly present in their wines.

Compared with other Etna expressions, Buscemi’s wines are more reflective of the southern town of Bronte (famous for pistachios), where the grapes grow – delicate, kissed by the sun and lifted to a delicate elegance by the high elevation and old vines.

The wines are made by Mirella at the Graci winery nearby, using cement/botte grande/tonneaux.

Mirella Buscemi
Mirella Buscemi
Etna, Sicily, Italy
Additional Info

From the Producer

Fascinatingly, the circa 90-year-old vines comprise not only Nerello Cappuccio & Nerello Mascalese, used in the rosso, but also c. 30% Granaccia (Grenache).

Grenache was most likely imported by the Bourbons and planted at Tartaraci to offer a fruity softness and fragrance to the highly mineral Nerello.

The Tartaraci plot lies outside the Etna Rosso DOC zone at 980m asl. The DOC zone is currently limited to vineyards planted between 600 – 850m asl.

ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028


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