Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2019 Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana, Sicily
Always one of the most exciting white wines made in all of Sicily. It's 100% Carricante, the white grape that has grown on Mt Etna for at least 1,000 years and probably longer. The 40-100 year-old vines grow in volcanic soils - a mixture of dusty pumice and solid black rock - between 600-650 meters on Etna's north side. The cooler northern exposure helps retain Carricante's naturally bright acidity while the old vines' naturally low yields give remarkable concentration and flesh. Fermentation and aging in larger French oak casks accentuates the creaminess of texture and adds a touch of spice.
94 pts James Suckling: A dense, layered white with dried apple, cooled lemon and some mineral and stone undertones. It’s full and deep. Creamy, layered palate. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”