Benanti 2016 Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane IGT
Item Number: 12515
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Cappuccio
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 900 meters asl
Benanti's 100% Nerello Cappuccio was born as a gesture of love for the Etna land and as cultural rediscovery of ancient flavors and emotions.
About Nerello Cappuccio: Nerello Cappuccio is much fleshier and more immediately charming than Nerello Mascalese. Cabernet is to Merlot as Nerello Mascalese is to Nerello Cappuccio. Although its origin is unknown, the grape has always been present, in small percentages (15-20%) together with Nerello Mascalese, on Mount Etna. Nerello Cappuccio is rarely made into a single varietal wine, so this Benanti offering is a real treat.
Vinification: After extensive research and a careful selection of Nerello Cappuccio clones found on Mt. Etna, the Benanti family planted the site Cavaliere on the southwestern slope of Mount Etna. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats using patented selected indigenous yeast. Maceration lasts between 20 and 21 days. The wine matures in stainless steel tanks for about 22 months until bottling. Refinement in bottle lasts 6 months.
Tasting Notes: This full-bodied red exhibits vibrant red fruit. The wine is dry showing pleasant acidity and soft tannins. The persistence of red fruit on the palate is quite appealing. A highly versatile wine, pair the Benanti Nerello Cappuccio with white meat, red meat, fish, or by the glass occasions.
92pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Redcurrant and cinnamon aromas are complicated by a smoky and herb nuance. At once sweet and tangy, with mineral and mint notes lifting the juicy red berry flavors. Boasts an almost exotic spicy/floral quality and plenty of inner-palate perfume. Finishes long, juicy and vibrant, with firm, ripe tannins. One of the rare 100% Nerello Cappuccios made today but the numbers of which are on the rise, and so kudos to Benanti for having been the first to do so."
Wine Advocate (2017 Vintage) 10/17/2019
"It is becoming ever more difficult to find monovarietal expressions of Nerello Cappuccio, but Benanti has been making this wine steadily for many years, giving us the chance to know this grape better. The 2017 Nerello Cappuccio offers perspective on a variety that is mostly used in Etna red blends. When presented on its own, you get a medium-dark garnet color with aromas of wild cherry and dried blackberry. This grape often offers a strong note of freshly milled white pepper, but you don't really get that in this hot vintage. The darkness and the ripeness of the fruit take over. But you do get volcanic notes of scorched earth and ash. Have it with an eggplant pizza."