Until just recently, Badala had never been sold outside of Sicily. These unique, small production wines are characterful and traditional expressions of the Mt. Etna region. The winery describes their operation as, "a miniscule, 3 hectare estate with vines planted 600 meters up the slope on Mt. Etna. Irene Badala's wines are 100% biodynamic and the estate produces an astonishingly small, 350 cases per year between Etna Rosso and the ancient, white varietal, Carricante, thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna for at least a thousand years. Irene Badala and her husband, live in a small, rustic, stone house, attached to the property. All work at the winery is hand done by them alone with the wines being vinified by Irene at the nearby, Terre Nere facility. Badala's 2014 Etna Rosso is an exciting, bold, expression of Nerello Mascalese that displays bright, floral and vibrant components with the great power, intensity, nuance and complexity. It finishes with a "nervy", tannic grip, rare for a wine of this elegance."
By: John Downing
K&L Staff Member
Until this vintage, the wines of Badala were sold only in Italy. Their tiny estate is located just shy of 2000 feet on Sicily's Mt Etna and farmed 100% biodynamically. Although elegant, this intriguing red also offers a deceptive layer of grippy tannins embedded within its rich black fruited palate. It certainly adds another dimension to our Etna Rosso selections and is one that we highly recommend.
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