Medium Body, Dry (Carricante). DOC. Alc 13%.
Winery's classic line.
VINTAGE NOTE: 5/5 "Exceptional" WSG (Wine Scholar Guild).
TASTING NOTES: A herbal*, mineral, citrus nose (lots of lemon, some under-ripe peach and nectarine) with a little touch of white flowers and salinity; a tangy, fresh and clean wine with great acidity and good length.
* compared to the Etna Bianco Archineri which shows more floral 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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