Rovittello Particella No. 341, Etna Rosso DOC Riserva — 2016
Mountain climate, humid, rainy and often snowy in the colder season, with significant ventilation and diurnal range
Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso Riserva
Altitude: 750 m a.s.l. / 2,450 ft a.s.l.
Vine Age: Co-planted vineyard of 100 years old
Training: Ungrafted, pre-phylloxera, head-trained, short-pruned bush vines grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)
Density: 9,000 – 10,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,644 – 4,049 vines per acre)
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%
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.
Rovittello Particella No. 341, Etna Rosso DOC Riserva — 2016 – Vinous – 91+ Points
“The 2016 Etna Rosso Rovittello Particella No. 341 Riserva opens slowly in the glass, at first backward, dusty and dark, with only nuances of dried roses to be found. Swirling adds further hints of red currant, shaved cedar and sage, yet it doesn’t fully unlock what’s beneath this youthful exterior. It washes across the palate with a more energetic expression; at first, it is silky in feel, yet has a salty mineral core and zesty acids that add grip as potent red berry fruits penetrate deeply."