Quota N Rosso IGT Terre Siciliane
50% Nerello Mascalese/20% Grenache/30% white Grecanico-Carricante-Coda di Volpe. "Quota N" is a new Acosta bottling in the 2018 vintage. Eduardo acquired this flat, half-hectare, west-exposed parcel of ungrafted (hence piedi franco on label), 80-100-year-old, co-planted bush vines. It is surrounded by stone walls on very rocky, sandy volcanic soils at the high elevation of 1070 meters in the contrada. The parcel is named Germana for its historical family owner--Eduardo was not allowed to use this name and was also not permiited to use the Nave contrada name, because the site is too high to fall within DOC Etna Rosso rules--the local road is called strada quota nave and from this phrase, Eduardo pulled the "Quota N" name for the wine. The production is unavoidably miniscule, smaller even than the parcel size would suggest, due to the naturally low yields of these old-timers as well as to holes where they have died or stopped producing.
The bunches were harvested manually into small bins and partly destemmed and partly left in whole clusters. The fruit was gently pressed and the juice fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in cement tank with short 5-day maceration without temperature control. The wine was aged mainly in a 10-hectoliter Slavonian oak botte and partly in old barrique with minimal racking or sulfur; it was bottled without fining or filtration. 1000 bottles total production.