2018 Ciro Biondi Outis Etna Rosso

Mount Etna, Sicily

Nerello Mascalese from the cooler southern side of Mt Etna.


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About The Wine

Delicate, energising Sicilian red from the south-eastern slopes of the famous Mount Etna.

Nerello Mascalese is the base grape with some Nerello Cappucio adding some darkness and weight to the light, ethereal Mascalese. Eleven days gently maceration then aging in steel and old barrels. Tiny production run of about 7,000 bottles.

Outis is from the ancient Greek meaning 'no-one' or 'nobody'; a pseudonym of the mythical Odysseus used when he blinded the cyclops, who then unwittingly blamed 'no-one'. Cunning name for a smart wine.

About Ciro Biondi

Spanning just five hectares, the Ciro Biondi winery is relatively new, having been founded in 1999. Ciro Biondi’s ancestors bottled wine under the Biondi name more than a century ago with an assortment of vineyard holdings passed down through the generations.

Ciro, an architect, renovated an old stone winery structure in one of the three small, lovingly restored vineyards he owns in and around the village of Trecastagni. All three sites sit at altitudes ranging from 600-700 meters, with east/southeast expositions and soils comprised mainly of Etna’s black, mineral-rich volcanic pumice.

Ciro Biondi vineyards
Ciro Biondi vineyards
Mount Etna, Sicily
Additional Info

From The Importer

Ciro's Outis Rosso is made of Nerello Mascalese, with the permitted addition of up to 20% Nerello Cappuccio, of which he takes full advantage. This is a very elegant example of Etna Rosso and shows an almost Burgundian combination of finesse and substance, leaving a seductive and lingering impression on the palate.

An attractive light-medium red Pinot-like colour aligns to aromas of red and black fruits, with herbs and smoke, it is medium bodied very flavourful and long on the finish, excellent balance. Lovely and will reward some time in the cellar.

Blend : Nerello Mascalese (80%), Nerello Capuccio (20%)
Drink Until : 2025

Winemaker Ciro Biondi
Winemaker Ciro Biondi
Mount Etna, Sicily
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Pale, mountain-fresh Etna red, lighter than most Pinots, but packing more flavour and complexity, counter-intuitively. Andiamo. - DD Wine Crew


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