Sofia Ponzini started Tenute Bosco in 2010 to breathe life back into two small vineyards on the slopes of
Some of the vines are over 120 years old, and pre-phylloxera, on land recovered 300 years ago from the
cooled lava flow following Etna’s last major eruption. There is more living history in the sight of the
traditional ‘alberello’ method of propagation in the vineyards that leaves the vines free standing and
backed by dry stone walls. Sofia is intent on reviving the traditions of this land, and the indigenous Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante which they clearly love. Creating wines that definitely have a sense of place, of the present and the past.
The vines for the red are Espalier trained and around 20 years old, hand-picked into cases after the
second week of October. Certified organic since 2017. Also Vegan.
The grapes are destemmed and gently crushed and the juice racked off via a gravity flow system into steel vats where a controlled temperature fermentation takes place. Daily punch downs to ensure the correct aroma and color is extracted from the skins.
After malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in neutral French oak tonneau (500 L & 700 L) for 10 months then in steel vats.
Zippy citrus fruit, white peaches and white flowers intermingled by mineral notes. This is really fresh,
characterized by a wonderful level of acidity. The finish is sapid and long.
A wonderful appetizer, but excellent with any fish that can support the zesty citrus fruit and acidity.
James Suckling, 93 pts
25 Jun, 2021 – Sour cherries, cranberries, lemon zest, dried flowers and iron on the nose. It’s medium-
bodied with fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Lots of tension with a fresh, vivid finish. Drink now or hold.