Volcanos Make For Great Wines: Benanti Etna Rosso

Sicily is hot…literally and figuratively. While the sun-bathed vineyards of the island are blessed with an ideal Mediterranean maritime climate, it also boasts some of the highest elevated vineyards in the hemisphere, many of which are planted in volcanic soils of Mount Etna. Native varieties like Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio not only thrive but they yield some of the most interesting wines of the region.

Benanti is just one of several producers reviving the traditions of Sicily while making wines that truly reflect the history and taste of the island. Benanti’s 2009 Etna Rossodiverzella is a value priced reflection of the quality and character coming out of the black mineral rich soils.

Aromatically endowed with clear cherry and red currant aromas, this wine is dusty, spicy and edgy on the nose. Ripe red fruits and a touch of blood orange add to the vivacious bouquet. Elegant tannins and a rich, yet still energetic mouth-feel, leads to a long satisfying finish. This also has just enough oak to add to its complexity but leave you tasting fruit and not so much any wood.

We’re in love with this wine and for around $20 there’s no reason to taste why Sicily is heating up in the wine world.


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