This lovely red Faro is a blend of 70% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Cappucio and 10% Nocera. As to be expected from such a small, old producer, the wine is made traditionally with indigenous yeasts and a long, slow 30 day maceration of the skins in a combination of large wood and stainless steel vats. It was then aged for two years in big 30 hectoliter conical shaped barrels and an additional six months in bottle before release. It is quite obvious from the delicate nose that this is an elegant wine. Lightly perfumed aromas of dried rose petals, white pepper spice, lightly macerated red plum skin, candied cherry and a touch of earth make up the first impression. The medium-bodied palate follows with nicely nuanced notes of dark red plum, sweet cherry, warmer spice tones and a subtle sanguine quality, all enveloped into a lovely, silky texture. The wine finishes with well-defined tannins and a subtle earthy expression. We talk a lot about wines showing a sense of place and this one certainly does, although it’s interesting to compare this wine to a red from the nearby Etna DOC. While both appellations share a similar varietal blend, wines from the Etna DOC are inherently influenced by the volcanic soils of Mt Etna, while wines from the Faro DOC seem to be more raw expressions of those varietals. While we love wines from the Etna DOC for their characteristic mineral note, we fell in love with this somewhat more pure and delicate style. We hope you enjoy this special wine!