Bright red. Ripe red cherry, licorice and botanical herbs, lifted by a note of blood orange and vanillin oak. Sweet and concentrated; harmonious acidity gives shape and grip to the flavors of red cherry and minty herbs. Carries its herb and blood orange nuances straight through to the juicy, long, tannic finish. Benanti is a historic name in not only Sicilian but also Italian wine circles. If today we can speak of Etna Rosso wines and their truly amazing quality level and site-specificity, it is thanks to the Benanti family (and their previous winemaker, the ultra-talented Salvo Foti), who were the first to believe and insist upon Etna’s native grapes, at a time when everyone in Sicily was rushing to plant Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. (ID)
Alluring aromas of ripe berry, violet, iris, baking spice and fennel take center stage on this stunning red. The structured palate delivers juicy red berry, black raspberry, clove and star anise alongside fresh acidity and close-grained tannins. A mineral note energizes the finish. (KO)
The Serra della Contessa vineyard on Etna’s eastern slope includes 100-year-old vines, some of them ungrafted. The 2012 has delicate floral scents that suggest a lighter weight wine, yet it unfolds with a sneaky concentration that reveals flavors of rhubarb and strawberry, dried herbs and minerals.
An elegant red that offers juicy dried cherry, grilled herb and mandarin orange peel notes, layered with supple tannins and bright acidity. Chewy, presenting a smoky undertow that gains momentum on the lingering finish. (AN)
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