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Graci Etna Bianco 2022

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Graci, situated on the north slope of Mount Etna at Passopisciaro, is found in an area where viticulture dates back several thousand years. Their vineyards sit at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level. Planting density ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Many of the vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by the phylloxera scourge thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils.

At Graci, young Alberto Aiello Graci remains steadfast in his respect for local traditions as well as the distinct nature of each vintage and only cultivates traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna: the red grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, and white grapes Carricante and Catarratto. Intervention of any kind is extremely limited, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. They do not use herbicides in order to preserve the unique balance and vital energy of the soil. They do not use barriques, but only the big, upright, wooden casks known as tini and large, well-used wood barrels. Their sole objective is to reflect the personalities of their vineyards and the sublime differences between each and every harvest.

Graci Etna Bianco has aromas of lemon peel, white pears, flint, oyster shells, and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with a fresh and saline palate. Crisp, mineral, and lemony finish.

"Lively citrus characters followed by subtle aromas of sea shells and wet stones. Medium-bodied. Flinty finish at the end. Clean and crisp. A blend of 85% carricante and 15% catarratto." - 91 points, James Suckling

 

Producer: Graci

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily

Varietal: Carricante, Catarratto

Appellation: Etna Bianco DOC

Vintage: 2022

Size: 750ml

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