I was more than pleasantly surprised at the quality delivered for the price of this very good Etna Bianco. If you are unfamiliar with the Carricante variety that thrives on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna, then this wine, which over delivers, will serve as a perfect introduction and reference point for further enjoyment and exploration.
“Alta Mora by Cusumano definitely seems to have found its stride on Etna. The 2017 Etna Bianco is a lean to medium-bodied wine with lots of aromatic intrigue. You get a big dose of wild herb (like sage) followed by fresh apricot, natural rubber and flinty mineral. This is a delightful white wine with long persistence and a very fresh, snappy style. Granny Smith apple, white almond, crushed stone and citrus are part of the bouquet. This is an excellent value wine. Some 30,000 bottles were made. Drink 2018-2023”. – 91+ points, Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) – December 2018
“Snappy acidity and spicy mineral accents are layered with flavors of baked pineapple, lime blossom and raw almond in this bright, light- to medium-bodied white. A rich hint of pastry shows on the lively finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,500 cases made, 750 cases imported.” – 89 points, Wine Spectator, (AN)