Benanti

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Viagrande, Mt. Etna
People: Giuseppe with sons Antonio & Salvino Benanti, Owners | Enzo Calì, Winemaker

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Benanti 2017 'Noblesse' Brut Carricante Metodo Classico, Terre Siciliane IGT Login On Order
Benanti 2017 'Lamoremio' Brut Rosato Nerello Mascalese, Metodo Classico, Etna DOC Spumante Rosato Login On Order
Benanti 2016 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco Superiore DOC Login DEC 95 On Order
Benanti 2018 Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Bianco DOC Login On Order
Benanti 2019 Contrada Rinazzo, Etna Bianco Superiore Login On Order
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Benanti 2018 Etna Rosato DOC Login AG 91 In Stock
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Benanti 2016 Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane IGT Login WA 88 In Stock
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Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 91 AG 95+ DEC 94 WA 92 <1 Case
Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 92 AG 94+ WA 93 In Stock
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Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 91 AG 92 WA 89 In Stock
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Media Links
The New York Times: From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential
Wine Enthusiast: Red-Hot Sicily's Top Wine Regions
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 318: Salvino Benanti
Vinography: Benanti Winery
The New York Times: Spring in a Bottle - 20 Great Wines for $20
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads

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Instagram: @benantiwinery, @salvinobenanti, @antonio.benanti
Twitter: @BenantiWines
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When Dr. Giuseppe Benanti started making wine from his family’s winery and estate vineyards in the late 1980s, there were less than 10 producers in Etna. Dr. Benanti’s goal was to resurrect the winemaking customs of his family from the late 1800s, producing wine primarily from the native varieties on Mt. Etna. His early work in the DOC helped bring attention to the amazing terroirs of Mt. Etna. The Etna DOC is a semicircle to the north, east and south around the active volcano. The Benanti estate is located in the southern part of the Etna DOC in Viagrande. They produce wine from their estate vineyards as well as work closely with growers in the north and east on Mt. Etna. Today, Giuseppe’s sons Antonio and Salvino are enthusiastically committed to keeping the Benanti classic and elegant Etna wines at the forefront of the appellation.

Vinous 8/2019
"Ever since they took the helm of the winery in 2012, with many new labels launched and new vineyard acquisitions and sales, siblings Salvino and Antonio Benanti have been leading the estate into a new dimension, one that they like to characterize as an “evolution of continuity,” assisted by historical collaborators such as their in-house winemaker Enzo Calì (full-time at Benanti since 2004) and their commercial director Agatino Failla (with them since 2011). The recent new bottlings continue in the same vein as what has been done at the estate since its beginning back in 1990, when they started bottling wines clearly linked to a specific terroir; for example, the Rovittello Etna Rosso from the volcano’s northern slope in the commune of Castiglione di Sicilia, and even the Nerello Cappuccio monovariety bottling, made with grapes picked on Etna’s southwestern flank in the territory of Santa Maria di Licodia. The Benantis are now aiming to produce as many as six different contrada wines. In 2019, they launched two more, the Etna Bianco Contrada Cavaliere and the Etna Rosso Contrada Cavaliere, after the Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra 2016 was released in 2018."


Vinous 12/2016
"Benanti is a historic name in not only Sicilian but also Italian wine circles. If today we can speak of Etna Rosso wines and their truly amazing quality level and site-specificity, it is thanks to the Benanti family (and their previous winemaker, the ultra-talented Salvo Foti), who were the first to believe and insist upon Etna’s native grapes, at a time when everyone in Sicily was rushing to plant Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Credit must go to Benanti for having created the I Monovitigni series of wines, which showcased to great effect the characteristics and high quality of the likes of monovariety Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese and even Minnella Bianca at a time when little was known about these cultivars. As if that weren’t enough, their Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina is one of Italy’s four or five best white wines."


Vinous 11/2015
"If Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante have become superstar grape varieties--along with the wines of Etna in general---credit needs to go to the Benanti family and their original winemaker Salvo Foti, who were by far the first to believe in this mountain viticulture. Giuseppe Benanti, now helped by his sons Antonio and Salvino, started the estate back in 1998 but his grandfather, also called Giuseppe, was buying land and making wine from what are now considered grand cru areas of Etna such as Guardiola already back in the late 1800s.

Today Benanti makes what might be Italy’s best white wine, the Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina, as well as the best version of mono-variety Nerello Cappuccio, a wine that clearly shows that this variety does not necessarily have to play second fiddle to the more famous Nerello Mascalese. But readers beware: should the variety gain in popularity, this being Italy you’re likely to suddenly see myriad Nerello Cappuccio-labeled wines in the near future, but beware that much of what is believed to be Nerello Cappuccio on the island is actually Sangiovese or Carignan. Benanti also makes wines from the area of Noto (Nero d’Avola) and from Pantelleria (Zibibbo).

Always moving forward, the estate vinifies with natural yeasts selected from their own vineyards, and the estate is looking to plant another six or seven hectares of Carricante. Another sign of sure-fire commitment to Etna is that the Benantis have done away their international grapes, and have sold off some vineyards in the process, which, not surprisingly, were quickly gobbled up by a large, well-known Sicilian estate."

Reviews

  • Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2018)

    Tarry smoke and cured tobacco notes underscore the dried cherry, leather and spice flavors in this well-balanced, medium-bodied red, firmed by creamy tannins. Drink now through 2023.
  • Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2018)

    This elegant red is enlivened by bright acidity. An aromatic overtone of fragrant herb accents the wild cherry and dried cranberry fruit flavors. Long and creamy, with supple tannins and a streak of tar-tinged mineral emerging on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2026.
  • Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (10/31/2018)

    A fresh, supple red, featuring enticing violet, spice box and juniper accents to the pure note of crushed cherry fruit. Finely meshed and medium-bodied, with sculpted tannins and a lingering tang of mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
  • Benanti 2018 Etna Rosato DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (8/6/2019)

    Bright pink. Sweet and juicy aromas and flavors of strawberry, cough lozenge, and botanical herbs. Finishes suave, sweet and lively, not to mention long. Made with Nerello Mascalese.
  • Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (8/6/2019)

    Captivating aromas of red cherry, red currant, minerals and quinine soar from the glass. Deeper, richer and flintier than the entry-level Etna Rosso from the same vintage, this offers lots of plump juicy red fruit and savory herb flavors. Closes long with repeating floral and red fruit notes. Made with Nerello Mascalese grapes growing on the south-eastern slopes of Etna in the Contrada Monte Serra. The Monte Serra terroir is one of the volcano's most interesting, but can suffer from drought in hot, dry years, though there was no such worry in 2016.
  • Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94+ (8/6/2019)

    Perfumed violet, rose and red cherry. Profoundly rich and round but still very young, with chewy, slightly tough tannins and lots of vibrant acidity extending the mineral red cherry flavors on the back end. Made from the south-eastern slope of Mount Etna from very old vines planted at about 500 meters above sea level. Well done; this is potentially very great.
  • Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95+ (8/6/2019)

    Brooding aromas and flavors hint at pencil shavings, red currant jelly, red cherry nectar, yellow flowers, coffee and herbs. Dense and tactile but also very fruity in the mouth, expressing a noteworthy steely quality. In fact, much more steely than the 2014 Serra della Contessa, and so less immediately juicy/fruity but rather more taut and classically austere at this present time of development. Ought to age splendidly. From very old vines grown at 750 meters above sea level on the northern slopes of Etna.
  • Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC
    Decanter
    Rating: 94 (9/10/2019)

    The well-established Benanti estate produces a wide range of wines, but this single-vineyard red is one of the best. The mostly centenarian vines lie on the northern slopes of Etna. The nose is vibrant and minty, with crunchy raspberry aromas. It's intense and very concentrated, with robust tannins that don't obscure the fine texture. Has energy and drive with very good length. Drink 2019-2030.
  • Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (12/28/2018)

    The 2016 Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra (with 6,000 bottles made) is a steady red wine from a vintage that delivered uneven results on Etna. This is a single-vineyard expression with fruit from the southeast side of Etna in the Contrada Monte Serra (Viagrande). Alberello (or head-pruned) vines are planted 500 meters above sea level, and although the age of the plants varies, they are 13 years old on average. The wine opens to a lean ruby appearance. Like other reds from this vintage, the mouthfeel offers medium intensity. It is slightly diluted in the mid-palate, but it could flesh out with more bottle time.
  • Benanti 2016 Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (12/28/2018)

    The single aromatic characteristic that most distinguishes the Nerello Cappuccio grape is freshly milled white pepper. The 2016 Nerello Cappuccio delivers loads of white pepper followed by black fruit, green olive and grilled herb. This is a fresh, easy-drinking red with lean consistency and balanced freshness. The grapes are fermented with ambient yeasts, and the wine is aged in stainless steel only.
  • Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (12/28/2018)

    This Etna field blend of 90% Nerello Mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappuccio is fermented in stainless steel with the ambient yeast and aged in large oak casks for 20 months. Fruit comes from a single vineyard on the east side of the volcano at 750 meters above sea level. The vines are planted on their original root stock. This precious wine offers an elegantly slimmed-down mouthfeel with polished tannins and fresh acidity. Wild cherry, licorice, tar and smoke appear on the close.
  • Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (12/28/2018)

    The 2014 Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa (made with 90% Nerello Mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappuccio) comes from a vineyard on the east side of the volcano located 500 meters above sea level. The vines are more than 100 years old and planted on their original root stock. Some 7,000 bottles were made. This wine is distinguished by the elegance of its aromas. Wild cherry, cranberry, lilac and pressed violets emerge from the bouquet. The wine also shows a strong volcanic identity with crush stone and smoke.
  • Benanti 2017 Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (10/17/2019)

    The 2017 Etna Rosso (made with 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio) offers a very smoky and ashy bouquet that tells you, without any doubt, that this is a wine from the mighty Etna volcano. Rose petal and light berry aromas blur and soften the lines of those pretty mineral notes that are so strong at the beginning. Blue violets and blueberries are delicate accents that fill out the close. This vintage really pulls it all together nicely, a great pairing for pappardelle with wild chanterelle mushrooms.
  • Benanti 2016 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco Superiore DOC
    Decanter
    Rating: 95 (5/15/2020)

    From 80-year-old Carricante bush vines in Milo village at 750 meters. When young, it seems to have a margarita-like profile with notes of salty lime, a 'cola gelato' and apple character typical of Mount Etna, and a finish between marzipan and iodine. Long lees aging brings texture, and it shines with zesty acidity balancing white peach fruit. An exceptional match with spicy foods. Drink 2025-2035."