The 2016 San Lorenzo Rosso is an absolutely brilliant effort from Marco de Grazia. Sourced from vines that are more than 70 years at an altitude is 750 meters above sea level, in the contrada San Lorenzo. The terroir is originated by lava flows and volcanoclastic deposits related to the activity of the the Ellittico eruptive center, which dates back from 60,000 to 15,000 years ago. Only two Contrade in Etna out of hundreds and hundreds are “pure” terroir Ellittico: Calderara and San Lorenzo. In this vintage San Lorenzo stands out amongst the most compelling of all the Contrada wines from Terre Nere. Composed of 98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio this beings with gorgeous aromatics of wild strawberries, raspberries and cherries woven together with sweet exotic spices, citrus zest, herbs and smoke all taking shape in the glass. On the palate this is simply stunning, as it possesses a fabulous velvety texture with remarkable concentration. It continues to impress with its beautiful pure fruit, which is framed by lovely acidity, keeping it fresh and lively through the long finish. While this is simply delicious now, it also has the building blocks for wonderful future ahead. Would love to see this beauty again in a few years.