Saturday, January 20, 2018

From the Volcanic Slopes of Mount Etna

From the Volcanic Soil of Mount Etna in Sicily.  Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
2012 Benanti Nerello Mascalese Etna Rosso...$37.99
The 2012 Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese is a nicely balanced red wine with a lean consistency and a lightweight style. You could drink this wine as you would a Pinot Nero and pair it with game hen or roast pork with braised fennel. The graceful elegance of this wine is outstanding. Firm tannins help the wine stand to attention. It never feels flabby or soft. Drink 2015-2025
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
Elegant and light- to medium-bodied, with a finely knit palate of wild cherry, licorice drop and tea leaf, showing a subtle vein of tarry minerality. Chewy tannins give this some weight and firm up the spiced finish. Drink now through 2022. 750 cases made.
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator

Great article about the Benanti Family on Mount Etna
"The founding fathers of Mount Etna's wine industry, the Benanti family are feared by insurance actuaries worldwide" - Wine Searcher

"The Benanti family are arguably the bravest winemakers alive in Italy today, having chosen to plant vines on the lower slopes of a volcano, and an active one at that. ...It is also among the most active volcanoes on earth – in 2013 it erupted 20 times, which made it the second most active volcano in the world that year. "Catania has been destroyed seven times by eruptions and earthquakes and we cannot rule out the possibility of it happening again..." - Wine Searcher

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