Named #12 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2016!
Alta Mora is a new winery from the Cusumano family. These grapes are grown and harvested on the slopes of the active volcano, Mt. Etna, in Sicily. This volcano is the largest active volcano in Europe and one of sixteen in the world that is said to pose a high risk to life and property, according to the UN. It has been a lifelong dream for the Cusumano brothers to build a winery among these black, fertile and dynamic soils. They believe in taking a great risk to produce great, unique wines. The name Alta Mora translates to "Tall, Black" representing the great heights of the vineyards on the mountain and the dark, black volcanic soil. The volcano itself is nearly 11,000ft high and vineyards are planted up to 4,000ft high – the highest in Europe. The wines truly captures the essence of this unique microclimate. 100% Nerello Mascalese, a native Sicilian grape, here grown on trained and free-standing vines averaging 20 years of age. the grapes were all hand-harvest, destemmed and lightly pressed. Maceration was over 12 days. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and successive fining in oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast scored this 94 points saying "Enticing scents of wild red berry, baking spice, aromatic herb and a balsamic note waft out of the glass. The elegant, juicy palate doles out succulent wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and a note of white pepper while a mineral note backs up the finish. It's well balanced, with bright acidity and ultra-fine tannins."