Tenuta di Fessina is one of Mount Etna’s top tier white wine producers, and its 2016 Etna Bianco Erse is a stainless steel vat fermentation and blend of primarily 90% Carricante, and a 10% combination of Catarratto and Minnella.
The grapes are grown on the east side of the volcanic Mount Etna near the village of Milo overlooking the ocean below from 3,000 feet. A very particular terroir exists here – lashed by strong rainfalls, among the highest by percentage on the whole island, and subject to very complex pedo-climatic conditions (“a microclimate within soil that integrates the combined effects of its temperature, water content and aeration”), which if expertly supported produce unique wines for their complexity and longevity. The soil, the “son of the volcanic activity”, is made up of several spheres embraced over the centuries, from dark and sandy hills deriving from the collapse of a part of the Etna slope and from recent elements such as pumice, lapilli, and fine and draining ash. This terroir, with a sub-acid reaction, is particularly fertile and loaded with iron, copper, silicon, and manganese. And it is here that the Carricante finds its pure and typical expression. The unique conditions, in fact, allow vines to grow and ripen successfully at altitudes almost unthinkable; with the benefit of a slow and steady maturation of the late-ripening indigenous grapes. Harvest, usually takes place during the first or second week of October.
“This light-bodied, minerally white crackles with lip-smacking acidity, framing a subtle mix of crunchy green pear, lemon pith, fleur de sel and almond blossom flavors. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases imported”.- 88 points, Wine Spectator (2018) — AN