Irene Badala is a miniscule, 3 hectare estate with vines planted 600 meters up the slope on Mt. Etna. Irene Badala's wines are 100% biodynamic and the estate produces an astonishingly small, 350 cases per year between Etna Rosso and the ancient, white varietal, Carricante, thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna for at least a thousand years.
Irene Badala and her husband, live in a small, rustic, stone house, attached to the property. All work at the winery is hand done by them alone with the wines being vinified by Irene at the nearby, Terre Nere facility. They have never previously sold their wines outside of Sicily and principally, the Etna zone.
Badala's Carricante offers a broad range of refreshing, aromas of lemon and a variety of other citrus notes. Additional, cooling, herbal notes of mint and aniseed are supported by an underlying mineral, slatey character.
Badala's Etna Rosso is an exciting, bold, expression of Nerello Mascalese that displays bright, floral and vibrant components with the great power, intensity, nuance and complexity. It finishes with a "nervy", tannic grip, rare for a wine of this elegance.