Rovittello Particella No. 341, Etna Rosso DOC Riserva — 2016
Production Area: Nerello Mascalese (90-95%), the indigenous red grape variety of Mount Etna.
Nerello Cappuccio (5-10%), a variety grown on the volcano for centuries.
Altitude: 750 m a.s.l. / 2,450 ft a.s.l.
Climate: Mountain climate, humid, rainy and often snowy in the colder season, with significant ventilation and diurnal range
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)
Vine Age & Training: Co-planted vineyard of 100 years old, ungrafted, pre-phylloxera, head-trained, short-pruned bush vines grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls
Vine Density: 9,000 – 10,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,644 – 4,049 vines per acre)
Yield: 5,500 kg/ha
- Appellation: Etna D.O.C. Rosso Riserva
Grapes are hand-picked in the last 10 days of October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, with a 20-21 days long maceration, using an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti after years of experimentation. Maturation mostly occurs in large barrels of French oak (15hl) for at least 24 months.
- Aging: In large French oak barrels (15hl), for at least 24 months. Followed by 12 months in bottle.
- Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese, the noble indigenous red grape of Mount Etna
- Alcohol: 14%
- Optimum Drinking: 2021- 2041
Color – Pale, ruby red with light tints of garnet
Scent – Ethereal, intense, delicate with hints of ripe fruit, chestnut flowers and noble wood taste and
Body – Elegant and fine tannins, balanced, remarkably persistent
- Serving Suggestions: An elegant and age-worthy wine, ideal with red meat, game, sauces and mature cheese. Serve at 18 - 19° C