13 Sep Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Camporè Fumante 2018 Etna DOC Red
As a fan of light-bodied red wines, I was immediately enthralled by Nerello Mascalese, the primary red grape of Etna, Sicily. Nerello Mascalese offers red fruit flavors, aromas of dried floral herbs, and spice and earth notes with tingling acidity and medium tannins. Nerello Mascalese is delightfully easy to drink, as I found when drinking the Camporè Fumante 2018 Etna DOC Red, the Please The Palate wine of the week.
About Camporè Fumante Wines
Camporè, which means “field of the king” is located in Randazzo on the Northeast side of Etna in Sicily. It was founded by sisters Maria Pia and Cristina Madaudo in 2016. The Madaudo family is based in Messina in the western corner of Sicily and the Madaudo family has been producing wine in this area since 1945.
Their father Andrea Madaudo, the winemaker, wanted to make wine from the volcanic soils in Etna. He found the property which had been a home of King Vittorio Emanuele the 2nd in the 18th century. They have eight hectares of grapes planted, including 80-100-year-old Nerello Mascalese and are located in the Contrada of San Lorenzo.
The Camporè Fumante 2018 Etna DOC Red is made with 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Capuccio. It spends 12 months in barrel, and then three months resting before bottling. It is a ruby red color with beautiful nose of violets, wild strawberries and raspberries, earth, spice, and coffee. The wine has silky tannins and fresh acidity on the palate and a savory finish.
This is a wine perfect to pair with grilled meats. I enjoyed it with a variety of Sicilian dishes, from beef with potatoes, tomato sauce, and mozzarella to parmigiana to roasted tomatoes with rice.
Where To Purchase
Camporè wines are imported into the U.S. by Vias Imports and Camporè wines can be found under the Fumante labe. The Fumante 2018 Etna DOC Red retails for approximately $29.