Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco, Sicily
Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco, Sicily

Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco, Sicily

$26.99

Outstanding example of Mt Etna Carricante, displaying fantastic mineral depth and florals, similar to Chablis. Aromas and flavors of green apple, grapefruit, lime zest and smoke or flint (think Pouilly Fume). Pair it with seafood salads, ceviche, sashimi,

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Etna in Sicily has gone from remote outlier to celebrity in a short period of time for both its very fine red and white wines.  This Etna Bianco from Benanti is no exception. It is made from 100% Carricante, a native grape here. Needless to say, soils are volcanic in these vineyards on Mt Etna, and farming is sustainable. 

Giuseppe Bonanti started his winery in 1988 as a sort of hobby, but it grew into something much more. He as since handed over operations to his sons Salvino and Antonio. This 2016 is an excellent example of Carricante and a sibling to the most recognized and acclaimed Carricante every produced - the Benanti single vineyard Pietramarina. Because of the long growing season at these high altitudes on the eastern slope of Mt Etna, this 2016 Etna Bianco shows fantastic mineral depth and florals, similar to Chablis. Aromas and flavors of green apple, grapefruit, lime zest and smoke or flint (think Pouilly Fume). Pair it with seafood salads, ceviche, sashimi, fresh and roasted white fishes.

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