96 points Wine Enthusiast
"Intense and linear, this vibrant red has intriguing aromas of wild red berry, violet, dark spice, crushed stone and eucalyptus. On the lithe, racy palate, polished tannins and lively acidity frame crunchy red cherry, strawberry compote, orange zest and licorice before a saline finish. Drink 2021–2028."
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Made with vines planted at the dawn of the new millennium, the 2016 Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante comes from one of the best-performing parcels on the northern side of the volcano, where the topsoil (consisting of eroded volcanic stone and compacted ash) is a bit thicker and deeper compared to most other sites on the volcano. This allows for deep root systems and well-draining moisture. This wine shows a dark and compact nature with ripe fruit, dried blackberry, aniseed and camphor. Like the other wines in this series, this expression ages in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks for 12 months. Some 5,000 bottles were made."
94 points James Suckling
"Dried walnuts, hazelnuts, dried herbs, strawberries, red licorice and watermelon. Tangy and pretty on the medium-bodied palate, which is subtle in its delivery of orange-zest and lime undertones. Drink now."
"A 4.6-ha vineyard of volcanic origin with an average slope of 4.7% at 700–790 m between Passopisciaro and Randazzo. 100% Nerello Mascalese from vines planted in 2000.
Pale red. Quite rich with a sort of 'burnt' top note but with Etna freshness. Tangy, transparent and truly exciting. There is real energy here. 17/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Contrada 'Rampante' is located in Sicilies Castiglione di Sicilia, between Passopisciaro and Randazzo, on the Northern side of Mt. Etna. The 11-acre vineyard is planted upon volcanic soils with formations as old as 15,000-years. The 100% Nerello Mascalese vines were planted on the sloping hills in 2000. The grapes are pressed and the wine is then fermented with selected yeast, then it is racked and undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for one year in Slavonian oak casks, then another eight months in bottle. Tasting Notes: Aromatically this wine has scents of fresh cherries as well as warm baking spices. On the palate, the wine is bold with matching flavors of cherries including dried basil, fine tobacco, and a long, lingering finish.