The two new white Crus, Calderara Sottana and Santo Spirito, feature Carricante grapes from old and young vines, for Carricante is a rare commodity in a D.O.C. overwhelmingly devoted to reds, rarer still on Etna’s Northern slopes. In fact, Carricante vineyards answer for only 4% of the appellation. Both wines are barrel fermented, undergo malolactic fermentation and are aged in French oak barriques for ten months, followed by 8 months of refinement in bottle before release.
These are late blooming wine of unusual complexity and great longevity, which will reward you for your patience with a rare, noble beauty.
|Etna Bianco D.O.C.|
|Area of production:||Contrada Calderara, township of Randazzo (Catania)|
|Vineyard extension:||1,5 hectars.|
|Production per hectar:||6 tons per hectar.|
|Soil:||Volcanic ash specked by black pumice and solid volcanic rock.|
|Exposure:||Northern slope of Mount Etna, from 600 up to 650 meters a.s.l.|
|Age of vines:||15-60 years old.|
|Annual production:||6.000 bottles (0,75 lt).|
“A dense, layered white with dried apple, cooled lemon and some mineral and stone undertones. It’s full and deep. Creamy, layered palate. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” – 94 points, James Suckling.com