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Benanti Serra Della Contessa 'Particella No. 587' Etna Rosso Riserva 2017


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  • Land: The Benanti Serra Della Contessa 'Particella No. 587' Etna Rosso Riserva 2017 is from the southeastern slope of Mount Etna, in Contrada Monte Serra, Viagrande, Sicily. The vineyard boasts sandy, volcanic soil, rich in minerals with a slightly acidic pH. Its steep southeast exposure and dense planting of ancient bush vines shape the wine's distinctive profile. The 2017 vintage faced varied weather, including a cold winter, spring frost, a dry June, a very hot July, and a dry August with some rain, culminating in a complex harvest.
  • Wine: Made primarily from Nerello Mascalese with some Nerello Cappuccio, this Etna Rosso Riserva showcases the terroir's minerality and the grapes' tannic nature. The winemaking process involves fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel, extended maceration, aging in large French oak barrels for at least 15 months, followed by more aging in stainless steel and bottles. It presents a ruby red color with garnet hints, and aromas of wild berries, spices, and noble wood, leading to a full-bodied, harmonious, mineral-rich, and persistent palate.
  • People: Winemaking in the Benanti family dates back to the late 1800s, with Giuseppe Benanti founding the winery in 1988 to continue this legacy. Today it is run by his two sons, Salvino and Antonio. Located on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, the winery emphasizes sustainable practices and the use of indigenous yeasts, focusing on capturing the unique character of its environment.
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The Mount Etna wine region, dramatically draped across three sides of the active Etna volcano in Sicily, is distinguished by its striking variation in elevation and the rich mosaic of volcanic soils. These unique conditions foster the cultivation of vines at altitudes ranging from a few hundred meters above sea level to over 1,000 meters, creating microclimates that yield wines of profound complexity and minerality. The region's wines, most notably those made from the indigenous Nerello Mascalese and Carricante grape varieties, are celebrated for their ability to capture the essence of Etna's fiery terroir in each bottle.

Mount Etna

Named for its pale color and hometown of Mascali, Nerello Mascalese is a rising star in the wine world. Indigenous to Mount Etna, it was overlooked for decades until recently the world has taken notice of the elegant yet powerfully minerally wines produced on the volcanic slopes. Think halfway between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo.

Nerello Mascalese