Sicily, Italy

Contrada Monte Serra, 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: Contrada Monte Serra, on the slopes of Monte Serra, an ancient extinct volcanic cone within the territory of the village of Viagrande (CT), on the southeastern flank of Mount Etna.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Etna D.O.C. Rosso
    • Location: Sicily
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: 14 to 100+ years-old
    • Soil: Volcanic sands, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction
    • Density: 9,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,644 vines per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked in late September / early October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, with a 21-day long maceration, using an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyards by Benanti. Maturation occurs in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese



  • Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC — 2022 – Vinous – 92 Points

    "The 2022 Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra is coy in the glass, grumbling up with hints of dried cherry, sage and cedary spice. It opens with a balanced inner sweetness that is quickly contrasted by tart wild berry fruits and saline minerals that add a tactile sensation toward the close. The 2022 finishes long and structured with a sour berry concentration and violet inner florals that slowly fade. Further cellaring should help to soften its contours over time, yet I expect the Monte Serra will always be something a nervy and feisty Etna Rosso."