Benanti Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore 2017


Giuseppe Benanti, since the very beginning in 1988, has aspired to demonstrate the high potential of Carricante grown in Milo. And indeed, this wine, whose name recalls volcanic landscapes, flintstones, minerals and saline sea breezes, is now unanimously considered one of the most typical, elegant and age-worthy whites in Italy.

Vineyard located in Contrada Rinazzo on the Eastern slope of Mount Etna, within the municipality of Milo (CT), an area particularly suited in terms of elevation, abundant luminosity, influence of the sea and constant ventilation.

Carricante 100%, Etna’s noble indigenous white grape variety. The berry is medium-sized with very pruinose skin that is greenish-yellow in color. The bunches are of average length and scattered. The vineyard faces east, towards the Ionian sea, at an elevation of c. 800 m a.s.l. (c. 2,600 ft a.s.l.) and is planted on small lava-stone-walled terraces of sandy volcanic soil, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction.

The wine matures in a stainless steel vat on the fine lees for about 24 months, with frequent bâtonnages, and then refines in the bottle for 12 months.

The color is pale yellow with greenish nuances. The nose is intense, rich, complex, ample and mildly fruity, with notes of orange blossom flowers and ripe apple. The palate is dry and mineral, with a pleasantly high acidity, saline notes, a marked aromatic persistence and an after taste reminiscent of anise and almond.
Serving temperature: 10 – 12°C

"From the head-trained vines of Milo the only area for which the Superiore designation can be used for Carricante. Straw yellow with bright greenish reflections this has refined aromas of orange blossom thyme hay ripe apple and flint hints. It's taut and vertical with a savoury finish and remarkable persistence. Sharp expressive purity. Drinking Window 2022 - 2035" - 96 points Decanter 

Producer: Benanti 

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily

Varietal: Carricante

Appellation: Etna Bianco Superiore

Vintage: 2017

Size: 750ml