In the past few years, we have added three unique properties from Mount Etna to our growing family of Italian domaines. Calling Vigneti Vecchio, Grottafumata, and Masseria del Pino 'artisans' is a serious understatement: each farms just a few hectares of vines, producing tiny amounts of hand-crafted wine from vineyard plots akin to small gardens. Their rows of Nerello Mascalese, Carricante, and many other varieties endemic to Etna—by and large ancient vines exceeding a century in age, often co-planted according to ancient practices—benefit from the conditions that make Etna one of the world’s most exciting wine regions: high-altitude vineyards on decomposed lava rock, with a long growing season in an ideal Mediterranean climate. Bluntly said, these are microcuvées created high on an active volcano in the middle of the sea. Each of these three producers is at the vanguard of sustainable viticulture, farming organically or naturally as much out of respect for the land as in a quest for grapes of the highest quality come harvest. Their cellar practices take into account the thousands of years of winemaking history on Etna: fermentations are spontaneous, there are no additives save for tiny doses of sulfur, and they bottle without fining or filtration. White wines are fermented on their skins for several days, bringing out the full range of aromas and textures in Carricante, Catarratto, and the like. Our Etna growers certainly fall into the camp of “natural wines,” but due to their purity of expression and striking flavors of the land we prefer to classify them as “terroir-driven.” For all their similarities, each producer’s wines are highly distinctive due to nuances in site and, of course, house style. You’ll find three very different versions of Etna from Vigneti Vecchio, based in Solicchiata on the volcano’s northern face, Masseria del Pino, from neighboring Randazzo, and finally Grottafumata, on the southern slope in Trecastagni. This collection is designed for you to discover the full scope of our Etna selection through the compelling wines of these three tiny domaines. You’ll find bright, elegant reds scented of sour cherry and smoke, golden whites recalling wildflowers, Mediterranean herbs, and salty sea breezes, and even a singular rosato bursting with fresh fruit and tingly minerals. For the fun of it, we’ve also included the heavenly olive oil from Grottafumata—a small-batch production from indigenous olive varieties. Buona degustazione!
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You’ll find three very different versions of Etna from Vigneti Vecchio, based in Solicchiata on the volcano’s northern face, Masseria del Pino, from neighboring Randazzo, and finally Grottafumata, on the southern slope in Trecastagni.
All roads lead to Burgundy, goes the wine world’s famous saying, but at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, all roads lead to Provence might be a more accurate slogan. There is perhaps no region more closely aligned with the history of KLWM than Provence. It is where Richard Olney, the late American ex-pat and esteemed author, lived and introduced Kermit to the region’s great wines, notably Domaine Tempier. The love affair has been strong ever since.
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Muscadet's potential for true greatness—structure, complex flavors, and ageability—is all-too-often overlooked. Tasting the wines of Domaine Brégeon, however, should convince anyone of Muscadet’s greatness.
Tasting through these characterful cuvées, you will realize why vibrant, terroir-driven wines from small family domaines are just as essential—if not more—to Bordeaux’s identity as those imposing, picture-book châteaux.
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