Benanti, a family-run, exclusive winery located on the slopes of the Etna Volcano in Sicily, is among the most prominent producers of fine wines in Italy. Wine Has Been produced by the family for several generations.
Benanti proudly Describes itself as an indigenous winery. Local family, local people, local grape varietals, local pride and values
Stone fruits, herbs and wildflowers.
Bright, juicy flavours of stone fruits, lemon and sweet botanical herb. The long, saline finish offers intriguing hints of rosemary, minerals and cardamom.
Antipasti, fish, seafood.
Carricante 100%, grown as alberello (free standing bush). This indigenous vine is cultivated only on Etna. Its name seems to be attributed by the vine-growers of Viagrande because of its characteristics of allowing a good, constant production over the years. The bunches, at ripeness are of average length, usually scattered; the grape is medium-sized with very pruinose skin and a green-yellowish colour.
"Although I am a longstanding fan of Benanti's wines, I have never previously reviewed this wine for publication (despite the fact it has been in production since 1994). The 2014 Etna Bianco is a pure expression of Carricante, with fruit from the East flank of the volcano in Milo. Vineyards here are located 700 to 800 meters above sea level. A second portion of fruit comes from Santa Maria di Licodia (at 950 meters above the Mediterranean). The wine opens to pretty and soft layers of stone fruit and pear. It boasts a very immediate, refreshing and drinkable style."
"Dark straw-yellow. Stone fruits, herbs and wildflowers on the enticing nose. Then rich, dense and deep on the palate, with bright, juicy flavors of stone fruits, lemon and sweet botanical herb. The long, saline finish offers intriguing hints of rosemary, minerals and cardamom."
"An Etna white with sliced-pear, apple and chalk aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, round and rich with dried pineapple and hints of minerals. Firm structure and freshness. Beautiful pure carricante. Drink now."
"The 2013 Etna Bianco is an impeccably made white wine based on the native Carricante grape. The wine shows soft contours with delicate layers of yellow rose, honey and candied lemon rind. The bouquet is balanced and fragrant but the mouth shows more grit, tightness and determination instead. In fact, the wine's mineral qualities come through clearly on the palate..."