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Benanti - Etna Bianco 2018

 Grown Organically 

Price: $31.90

Quantity in Stock: 14
Producer Benanti
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Subregion Mt. Etna
Varietal Carricante
Vintage 2018
Sku 1119879
Size 750ml

Tasting Notes: Benanti made their reputation on their white wines, and the Benanti Etna Bianco shows that there’s not a dud in the bunch. Racy, lush, and the fruit glides gently into smoky minerality. Complex and delicious. Aromas of green apple, white grapefruit, lime zest, white flowers, and a note of smoke/flint reminiscent of Pouilly-Fumé. Terroir-reflective and smoky, showing ashy notes of citrus, stone fruit, and minerals. 

Estate History: Salvino and Antonio Benanti have doubled down on the indigenous grapes and old vines of Etna, re-focusing a company that had grown a little unwieldy with vineyard holdings elsewhere in Sicily. The family property is still centered around an ancient stone winery structure on the eastern slopes of the volcano, in the village of Viagrande. Although they’ve since planted newer vineyards, much of Benanti’s Carricante vines are old, gnarled alberelli (“little trees,” or bush-trained vines) at elevations reaching to 1,000 meters and higher. The soils, of course, are black volcanic ash strewn with pumice stones, with vine age ranging from 35-50 years. As is the case with so many indigenous Italian grape varieties, Carricante is not found anywhere else but Etna—and unlike most southern Italian whites, many of which are harvested in August, Carricante is a late-ripening variety that doesn’t typically reach peak maturity until mid-October.

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