Benanti (1.5 L) 2008 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco
Item Number: 10002
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna Bianco Superiore DOC
Grape(s): 100% Carricante
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Sandy, volcanic, and rich in minerals
Elevation: 3,116 feet
Vineyards Notes: Vineyards are located in the countryside of Caselle, on the eastern side of Etna, commune of Milo (Ct). Only the Etna Bianco produced in this region may be given the title of Superiore. This area experiences high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day. The vines used for this wine are over 80 years old.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are softly pressed intact. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a temperature of 18-20°C. The wine is left to mature for a certain period of time in tanks before being placed in bottles. Refining in bottles last for 10-12 months.
Tasting Notes: The wine is pale yellow with greenish tints. Aromas are intense, rich and fruity with orange lemon flower, and ripe apple on the nose. The palate is dry and full with texture. Minerals and tannins give it an umami character, with a smooth and long finish. Released after four years of aging, this wine is stunning and will continue to evolve for several years.
About the Grape: Carricante, grown as alberello (free standing bush), in part root stock. This indigenous vine is cultivated only on Etna. It seems that the name Carricante was given by the vine-growers of Viagrande because of its constant production over the years. The bunches, at ripeness are of average length, usually scattered. The grapes are medium-size with pruinose skin, green yellowish color, juicy pulps with a sweet and simple taste.
Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso 2014
95pts (2010 vintage) Wine Enthusiast 7/2014
"Editors' Choice. This stunning wine is perfumed, full-bodied, elegant and delicious. It will age extremely well. Drink through 2025."