Medium Body, Dry (Carricante). DOC. Alc 13%.
Winery's premium line.
93 pts Falstaff. 90 pts Wine Enthusiast. "Spanish broom, green melon and honey aromas lead the nose. Made with grapes from extremely old vines, the palate features ripe pear, lemon drop candy and tangy saline before a white almond close." - Kerin O’Keefe
VINTAGE NOTE: 5/5 "Exceptional" WSG (Wine Scholar Guild).
TASTING NOTES: Complex, floral nose* (orange blossom, lime skin, some sense of crushed rocks, maybe a hint of white chocolate - what do you think?) and the fruit notes are slightly tart so very refreshing (lemon, yellow apple), with well-balanced acidity and a round finish. You can feel the volcanic soil (minerality) on the palate - very textured.
NB: Evolves in the glass (and will evolve beautifully in the bottle too, so try one now and keep at least one back to see the development over time)!
* compared to the classic line Etna Bianco which shows more herbal notes.
"A model small estate making top-level authentically regional wines from mostly old vines, including several pre-phylloxera parcels" begins the write-up by Master Sommelier John Szabo in his fabulous 2016 book "Volcanic Wines - Salt, Grit and Power".
The passage continues "Michele Faro's grandfather grew grapes and made wine on Etna, and some of the oldest parcels were in family hands, so he got off to a running start in 2005. Vineyards are on the north side, all above 600m: tiny Barbagalli with gnarled centenary bush-trained Nerello Mascalese is the highest and most precious, yielding succulent, spectacularly balanced wines, with endless finish. Cru Archineri is nearly as impressive, also from old vines planted a few metres below Barbagalli. Steely, flinty-mineral Archineri Bianco is from 10-year-old+ Carricante near Milo on Erna's east side. Infinitely drinkable Etna Rosso from younger albarello-trained vines is well proportioned with delicate red fruit. Purpose-made Etna Rosato from 40-year-old trellised vines rounds out the superb range."
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