“Graci, situated on the north slope of Mount Etna at Passopisciaro, is found in an area where viticulture dates back several thousand years. Their vineyards sit at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level. Planting density ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Many of the vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by the phylloxera scourge thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils. At Graci, young Alberto Aiello Graci remains steadfast in his respect for local traditions as well as the distinct nature of each vintage and only cultivates traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna: the red grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, and white grapes Carricante and Cataratto.
All the farming is certified organic. Intervention of any kind is extremely limited, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only herbicides are used in order to preserve the unique balance and vital energy of the soil.
They do not use barriques, but only the big, upright, used wooden casks known as tini and large, well-used wood barrels. Their sole objective is to reflect the personalities of their vineyards and the sublime differences between each and every harvest.”
The 2019 Etna Bianco is composed of 70% Carricante & 30% Cataratto sourced from 5.5 acres in the Arcuria Contrada (1900′ asl) at a low yield of 2.7 tons per acre. The wine is aged 9 months in concrete on its lees.
Slightly under ripe stone fruit with citrus zest, and “salty-volcanic” minerality. Lively and refreshing acidity carries the finish. Looking for shucked oysters, “Mediterranean” ceviche, or even grilled crab cakes.