From The Producer:
About Carricante: Carricante is a indigenous Sicilian white grape variety that is most notably found on Mount Etna. The variety is known for its marked acidity and high yields, which gave rise to its name (carica means "load" in Italian). The best examples come from vines grown in volcanic soils. Carricante is the key grape behind white wines made under the Etna Bianco DOC title. It is required in all of the denomination's white wines: 60 percent minimum in the standard Etna Bianco and 80 percent in Etna Bianco Superiore. Carricante produces a white wine with great aging potential.
Vineyard Notes: This 100% Carricante wine is sourced from vineyards located on the eastern and southern slopes of Mount Etna. Carricante needs sunlight and ventilation, so the best is planted on the east side of Mt. Etna near the town of Milo. The vines range from 20 to 60 years old. They are a mixture of alberello trained (free standing bush) and spurred cordon trained.
Winemaking Notes: Harvest is done manually. Fermentation occurs for about 15 days at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats using patented indigenous yeast. Maturation occurs in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: The nose is delicate and mildly fruity with hints of ripe apple. The wine is dry on the palate. It is mineral in flavor with pleasant acidity. Ideal by itself, the Benanti Etna Bianco will also go nicely with light seafood dishes.
89pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"The 2017 Etna Bianco is a delicately perfumed and veiled expression of Carricante with soft mineral notes, white flower and easy peach or nectarine aromas. However, the true protagonist here are those carefully measured volcanic tones of ash and smoke. The bouquet on this vintage is slightly more neutral, but it will flesh out with a year or more of bottle age. Serve it with a chicken-and-herb couscous."
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