Sicily, Italy

Serra della Contessa Particella, No.587, Etna Rosso DOC Riserva — 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Contrada Monte Serra, on the flank of Monte Serra, an extinct crater within the territory of Viagrande (CT), on the south-eastern slope of Mount Etna.

      Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso Riserva

      Climate: High hill climate, mitigated by the proximity to the Ionian Sea, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with constant good ventilation and high luminosity.

      Altitude: 500 m a.s.l. / 1,640 ft a.s.l.

      Vine Age: Very steep vineyard of co-planted, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted

      Training: Head-trained bush vines (“alberello”)

      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)

      Yield: 4,500 kg/ha

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked between late September and early October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, with a long maceration, with an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti.

    • Aging: Maturation mainly occurs in large barrels of French oak (15hl), for at least 15 months and then continues in stainless steel tanks.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese (85-90%), the indigenous red grape of Mount Etna; Nerello Cappuccio (c.10-15%), a variety grown on the volcano for centuries.
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color: Ruby red with light tints of garnet
      Scent: Ethereal, intense, with hints of wild berries, spice and noble wood
      Taste and Body: Full, harmonic, mineral, considerably persistent and reasonably tannic

    • Serving Suggestions: A full, balanced and age-worthy wine ideal with game, red meat and mature cheese