2019 Tenuta dell Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Etna BIANCO, Sicilia, Italy

2019 Tenuta dell Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Etna BIANCO, Sicilia, Italy

$55.95

Description

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)
Varietals: Carricante
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