Sicily, Italy

Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • THE WINERY: Winemaking in the Benanti family can be traced back to the late 1800s in Viagrande. This deep-rooted passion for wine is what led Giuseppe Benanti to establish the namesake winery in 1988.

      THE WINE: Vineyards Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, on the North slope of Mount Etna, within the territory of Rovittello, Castiglione di Sicilia (CT). This contrada is historically extremely suited to grow Nerello Mascalese. Elevation: 750 m a.s.l. / 2,500 ft a.s.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Etna D.O.C. Rosso
    • Location: Sicily
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: Mostly young, head-trained, short-pruned bush vines (“alberello”) grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls
    • Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)
    • Density: 8,000 vinestocks per hectare
  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked during the 4th week of October, de-stemmed, and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, with a c. 21-day long maceration, using a specific indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The maturation then continues in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks.

    • Aging: 12 months in French oak, then in stainless-steel tanks. 10 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese



  • Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2022 – Vinous – 93 Points

    "A darker and deeper shade of red, the 2022 Etna Rosso Contrada Dafara Galluzzo smolders up with an inviting bouquet of dried roses, ash, red currants and orange zest. This is silky-smooth, elegant and refined, with a soothing wave of ripe red and blue fruits energized by a core of zesty acidity. It leaves a crunchy tart-cranberry concentration to linger, finishing firm as a coating of fine-grained tannins resonates. Patience will be required yet also rewarded—the Dafara Galluzzo has an underlying power and complexity that only time will unfurl."