Benanti 2019 Contrada Rinazzo, Etna Bianco Superiore DOC

Benanti 2019 Contrada Rinazzo, Etna Bianco Superiore DOC

Item Number: 15576

UPC: 8-059591591581

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna Bianco Superiore DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Rinazzo
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): Carricante
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy volcanic soil, rich in minerals
Elevation: 2,600 feet a.s.l.

Vineyard Notes: Contrada Rinazzo is on the eastern side of Mount Etna, within the territory of Milo. The tiny municipality of Milo is the only area permitted for wines labeled Etna Bianco Superiore, according to the Etna DOC rules. Contrada Rinazzo is particularly well-known for its elevation (approximately 800 m a.s.l. / 2,600 ft a.s.l.), abundant luminosity, continuous ventilation and exposure to the sea (only 5 miles from Ionian Sea). The steep, terraced vineyard is planted to Carricante, the noble indigenous white grape variety of Mount Etna. The young vines are grown with a traditional alberello system and rest against a chestnut pole, with a planting density of about 8,000 plants per hectare and a yield of 6,500 kg/ha. View Map

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested after mid-October. In the cellar, they are de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation takes place at a temperature of about 18°C in stainless steel vats over 12 days, using a specific indigenous Etna yeast that has been selected by Benanti after many years of research and experimentation in the vineyard and in the cellar. The wine is left to mature in stainless steel on its own fine lees, with frequent stirrings, over 12 months. The wine then ages for another 6 months in the bottle before it is released.

Tasting Notes: The wine appears straw yellow with bright green reflections. The nose is delicate but intense, rich and generous, with mild fruity notes of orange blossom and ripe apple. The palate is dry, mineral, and harmoniously balanced with a pleasant acidity and an aromatic persistence with hints of anise and almond. Serving temperature: 10 – 12°C. It pairs well with all fish dishes, even complex courses.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (6/10/2021)

    Lemon zest joins sour green melon, tropical florals and sweet smoke as the 2019 Etna Bianco Contrada Superiore Rinazzo comes to life in the glass. This is deeply textural with medium-bodied weight, casting notes of papaya, young mango and minerals across a stimulating core of citrus-laced acidity. That said, the 2019 is also youthfully dense, tapering off with persistence but also a structural tension that promises many more good things to come. Like many of the best 2019 Carricante bottlings, the Rinazzo is enjoyable today, but it also has the ability to excel over medium-term cellaring.