Terre Nere, Etna Bianco DOC 750ml 2016

Italy, Sicily
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R255
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The estate is located on the northern slopes of the volcano, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo, the area historically recognized as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. The property consists of over 30 hectares, divided into 10 parcels in four crus, with a total vineyard surface of 25 hectares. Except for 6 hectares recently planted, the vines of the rest are between 50 and 100 years old. The vines of one parcel, having survived phylloxera, have reached the venerable age of 130-140 years old.

For those who haven’t tasted the wonderful wines of Terre Nere before, expect an elegant yet tannic Italian expression that seems to fit half way between fine Burgundy and Piedmont.

Winemaker's comments:
I first made this wine in 2005. I wanted to remove that more or less 5% of white grapes that the local vignerons used to mingle with their red ones, in order to make my Etna Rosso from red grapes alone. The white grapes were a mumbo-jumbo of local varieties: Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia and Minnella. So that’s what my Etna Bianco was: a field blend of all the above, with Carricante dominating the blend with roughly 65%. And that’s what it still is. All from old vines. And, somehow, it works. A perfectly lovely wine. With the effortless uplift of a dancer, it allows me to let it go freely through life, malo included, without it ever losing its bright demeanor and lively step.

Deviously drinkable, still it always clings, leaving one wondering how it delights and where do the goodies come from. In aging, the noblesse of the Etna and its remarkable terroir emerge. And the loveliness turns thoughtful and deepens, still graceful, never redundant. Fish, meat or fowl, all are fine, if very gently cooked. It loves seafood, particularly over pasta: after all, it is Sicilian.' – Winemaker

Tasting notes:
'Bright straw. Harmonious, lively aromas and flavors of white stone fruit and aromatic herbs. Bright and juicy, with a refreshing saline bite on the long smooth finish. Less concentrated than some past vintages of Etna Bianco from Terre Nere, but remarkably fresh and easy to drink. A lovely Etna Bianco that mercifully doesn’t taste of Chardonnay or other varieties that have no place on Etna. This is a steal for the price.' – Ian D'Agata, Vinous.com, 90/100

'A lithe and lacy white, offering ripe Asian pear and saline-tinged mineral notes, with pretty lime blossom and spice accents. Open-knit and mouthwatering, with a lasting finish.' – Wine Spectator, 89/100

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Bottle Size750ml
StyleWhite
CountryItaly
RatingAG 90
Drink ToDrink now
PriceR255.00
ProducerTerre Nere
RegionSicily
VarietyBlend
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