Anna Martens and Eric Narioo are making what may be Sicily's most compelling natural wines at the moment. They're from old vines (60 to 100 years), alberello-trained and organically farmed on mineral-dense black soils. As Blake from Arrowood Farms put it when he asked us to hold him a bottle, "these vineyards have the most incredible soil I've ever seen, smelled, and touched."
The Palmento Rosso is mostly Nerello Mascalese with little bits of other co-planted (and co-fermeneted) grapes. Sour cherry, blood orange, and minerals. With a slight chill and a spot outside, it's what we all need right now.
Anna Martens and Eric Narioo started making wine together on Mount Etna in 2008. In 2010 they purchased their first vineyard of old, vine Nerello Mascelese and a 250 yr old palmen+o and wine building which they restored and “Vino di Anna” was created. Today they own 6 hectares of land which they farm biodynamically. They have extended the winery and buried 9 Georgian qvevri for vinification and maturation.
-Vino di Anna