Rippidu: the Sicilian word for volcano poop. J/k, j/k! But furreals: in the vineyards in and around Mt. Etna, Sicily's premiere wine region, one finds "rippidu" soils, the local name for lapillus (droplets of molten lava that get ejected during an eruption and cool as they pass through the air and are everywhere in the soils here -- aka, volcano poop). Why do I go on so? Because you can taste the soil here, along with Sicilian scrub brush, dark plums and black cherries, and all manner of savory: white pepper, cardamom, and a meaty note. The tannins are legit -- this is a structured wine that can go 10-20 years easy -- so decant for maximal pleasure. A serious, serious wine that gets better every hour it's open.