Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

Italy, Sicily
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‘I love the expressive, smoky nose that’s brimming with Amalfi lemon, plus touches of caper and parsley. Super-fresh and very crisp, but also polished, this is an exciting introduction to Etna dry whites. Fair length. A blend of indigenous grapes, dominated by Carricante. From organically grown grapes.’ – James Suckling, 91/100

'The moment I put my nose to the glass, I questioned if this was just the entry-level 2020 Etna Bianco. Crushed stone and sea shells give way to nectarine, mint and a hint of vanilla bean to create a wildly attractive and Burgundian bouquet. On the palate, this speaks more in whispers, soft and subtle yet pleasantly sweet, contrasting ripe orchard fruits against vibrant acidity, and with gobs of minerality that sneakily collect toward the close. The medium-long finish is clean and refreshing, as hints of raw almond and pretty inner florals slowly taper off. This blend of 60% Carricante, 25% Catarratto, 10% Grecanico and 5% Minnella shines bright in the 2020 vintage. Drink 2021-2026.' – Eric Guido, Vinous, 91/100

'Creamy and balanced, this light- to medium-bodied white offers notes of Mandarin orange peel, golden apple and raw almond, backed by crunchy acidity and a tangy finish. Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico and Minnella. Drink now.' – Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 90/100

'Made with organically farmed grapes, mostly Carricante and small amounts of Catarratto, Grecanico and Minnella, this opens with delicate scents recalling yellow spring flower, white stone fruit and a flinty note. Reflecting the nose, the vibrant, elegant palate offers ripe yellow apple, almond, a dollop of honey before a savory saline note signals the close.' – Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 90/100

'The 2020 Etna Bianco is an easy blend of Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico and Minnella, although the lion's share of the wine is the mighty Carricante grape. Of these varieties, Carricante lends a special sense of mineral sharpness and definition that comes through nicely in this vintage. The wine also offers grassy notes and fresh citrus that are characteristic of the other grapes. The overall effect is accessible and quick-to-drink with a plate of fried sardines. Drink 2021- 2023.' – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 89/100
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Condition New
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating VIN 91
Producer information Marc de Grazia is the owner and founder of Tenuta Delle Terre Nere and considered by many to be the pioneer in putting the region of Etna on the map. He was the driving force behind convincing the Italian wine industry the value of demarcating Contrada within their wine producing areas. Marc is a big fan of this classification system and has integrated the model into his own lineup. It is this kind of thinking and investigating that has made Marc and Terre Nere so successful. According to Robert Parker, ‘Terre Nere’s wines all possessed unbelievable freshness and complexity as well as huge perfumes that suggested Pinot Noir…These wines are astonishingly complex and ethereal efforts from the hillsides of Mt. Etna in Sicily.’
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