Benanti 2018 Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Rosso DOC

Benanti 2018 Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Rosso DOC

Item Number: 15575

UPC: 8-059591591260

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cavaliere
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy volcanic, rich in fossils and minerals with a sub-acid profile
Elevation: 2,950 feet asl

Vineyard Notes: Contrada Cavaliere is on the southwest side of Mount Etna, within the municipality of Santa Maria Licodia. This contrada is known for its high elevation (2,950-3,100 feet), low rainfall rate, and abundant luminosity. Generally, the southern slopes are geologically younger, thanks to the formation of soils on relatively recent lava flows. However, this contrada occupies outcroppings with soils that are far older, the evolution of which has generated rather fine but complex soils. The vineyard floor has considerable physicochemical and biological fertility that benefits from a warmer and drier climate that is not tempered by sea breezes. The diurnal shift in temperature is dramatic at Contrada Cavaliere and helps in producing wines with with well-marked aromas and varietal structure. View Map

Winemaking Notes: Following the manual harvest around mid-October, the grapes are fully destemmed in the cellar, where fermentation with maceration takes place in stainless steel at a controlled temperature over approximately 21 days, using only indigenous Etna yeasts selected by the winery after a long direct experimentation. The wine matures in French oak tonneaux for 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks. It rests in bottle for about 10 months before release.

Tasting Notes: On the nose, aromas of red fruit merge with warming herbs and spices. The palate is dry, medium- to full-bodied and structured with ripe tannins and a persistent, harmonious finish. The Contrada Cavaliere Rosso is particularly suitable for red meats, game, and aged cheeses.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (6/10/2021)

    The 2018 Etna Rosso Contrada Cavaliere holds nothing back, presenting a seductive bouquet of musky ripe cherries and strawberries, contrasted by hints of animal musk. It’s soft-textured and fleshy in feel, as juicy acids further amplify its display of red berries and spice. Hints of licorice linger along with pretty inner florals, and the Cavaliere cleans up nicely through the lightly structured finale. There’s no need to wait on this fresh and fruit-focused Nerello Mascalese.