|My favorite wine from Murgo this year is the 2011 Metodo Classico Brut Rosé. It opens to a peach, raspberry-pink color and crisp transparency. You get a big sense of the variety here with wild berry, rose and sharp mineral tones. Aged aromas of caramel and candied orange peel also appear with menthol herb and dried basil. There is a slight note of oxidation which makes me think this Etna sparkler should be consumed sooner rather than later.
Murgo has carved a happy niche for itself thanks to its dedication to sparkling wines. In fact, it is the most important sparkling wine reality on Etna. I have been critical of these wines in the past because I considered them too volcanic with heavy sulfur flavors. But this offering of new releases is the most impressive I have tasted so far. It represents a big jump forward in quality. By the way, this estate also goes by the name Tenuta San Michele dal 1860 although the front label reads “Murgo.”