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Benanti Etna Bianca Superiore Pietramarina 2004

March 18, 2009

The DOC of Etna is one of Italy’s most exciting in terms of native offerings. Here, on the slopes of this active volcano, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio can produce stunning red wines of ethereal fragrance and serious structure, its characters somehow reminiscent of Pinot Noir. There is no doubt that the recognition for the wines from this DOC can mainly be attributed to its reds, however, the whites should definitely not be overlooked as shown by this gem from Benanti. Entirely made from 80 year-old, low-yielding Carricante vines, this is the perfect example how the wet, humid and cool conditions on the Etna help to retain nervy, fresh acidity. Knowing the winemaking is pretty basic, including gentle pressing, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and several months of maturing before bottling, the power of fruit shown in this wine is even more amazing. Light gold in the glass, the nose runs through intense aromas of flowers, apple, pear, lemon, orange peel and other citrus fruit, all recurring on a palate where succulent texture, almost salty acidity and concentrated fruit are impeccable balanced towards a slightly bitter-spicy finish. This is one of the most impressive Italian whites I’ve had recently.

Source: Enoteca Sileno/The Grocer  Price: $75  Drink: Now-2012

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