Benanti 2014 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco Superiore DOC
Item Number: 11772
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna Bianco Superiore DOC
Grape(s): 100% Carricante
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals
Terroir Notes: The Carricante grapes grow on the eastern side of Mt. Etna in the commune of Milo at around 2,600 feet above sea level. Only the Etna Bianco produced in this region may be given the title of Superiore. Milo receives high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day. The Carricante vines are alberello trained which means they are grown as freestanding bushes. The average vine age is 80 years. This indigenous grape is only cultivated on Etna.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes ripen late and are harvested around the third week of October. They are pressed into steel tanks for fermentation. The wine is left to mature for two years in tank on its fine lees before bottling. Refinement continues in bottle for 10-12 months.
Tasting Notes: Pietra Marina is one of the great white wines of Italy. The bouquet is rich with complexity. It showcases flint, salinity and minerality with hints of orange, lemon flower and apple. Dry on the palate, Pietra Marina has gorgeous acidity and persistence. Notes of anise and almond linger on the finish. This is a wine that will age beautifully.
91pts (2015 Vintage) Wine Spectator 10/31/2018
"A minerally white, driven by a racy streak of salinity and mouthwatering acidity. The frame is deftly meshed to the creamy mix of poached pear, lemon pith, chamomile and fragrant ground spice flavors. The long finish echoes the spice and mineral elements. Drink now through 2025. 742 cases made."