2019 Tenuta dell Terre Nere Santo Spirito Etna BIANCO, Sicilia, Italy

2019 Tenuta dell Terre Nere Santo Spirito Etna BIANCO, Sicilia, Italy



The two new white Crus, Santo Spirito, and Calderara Sottana 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.

Area of production: Contrada Santo Spirito, township of Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania)
Varietals: Carricante
Vineyard extension: 1,5 hectars.
Production per hectar: 6 tons per hectar.
Soil: Deep, soft and dark volcanic soil, rich in volcanic ash.
Exposure: Northern slope of Mount Etna, from 700 up to 750 meters a.s.l.
Age of vines: 40-100 years old.
Annual production: 6.000 bottles (0,75 lt).

“This is the most subtle and polished white from Etna I have had, offering a dense, integrated palate of apple, pineapple and stone character with some lemon grass and lemon curd. It’s dense and so focused with so much going on. Tight now, but promises a beautiful future. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” – 95 points, James Suckling