2019 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco
Region: Sicily, Italy
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Winemaker: Marco De Grazia
Established Date: N/A (first vintage released 2002)
First made in 2005. Marco de Grazia wanted to remove that more or less 5% of white grapes that the local vignerons used to mingle with their red ones. The white grapes were a mumbo-jumbo of local varieties: Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia and Minnella. So that’s what this Etna Bianco is: a field blend of all the above, with Carricante dominating the blend with roughly 65% all from old vines. And that’s what it still is. And, somehow, it works. Deviously drinkable, still it always clings, leaving one wondering how it delights and where do the goodies come from. In aging, the noblesse of the Etna and its remarkable terroir emerge. And the loveliness turns thoughtful and deepens, still graceful, never redundant.
Sommelier’s Selection I believe that grapes that grow together go together and this field blend proves that fact. Like a band of musicians are better than the sums of its parts, this wine is the same. Deep, complex, interesting and takes you on a journey especially when matched with a Seafood pasta dish with fresh vibrant herbs.
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