Grape(s): Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico (Garganega), Inzolia, and Minnella.
Localization: Sicily, Italy
Tasting notes: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco is a pale yellow color. The nose is floral and reminiscent of linden blooms. The palate is fresh and salty, with a mineral essence.
Food pairing: Pair this wine with light pasta dishes, fish, and white meats.
91 points Vinous: The moment I put my nose to the glass, I questioned if this was just the entry-level 2020 Etna Bianco. Crushed stone and seashells give way to nectarine, mint, and a hint of vanilla bean to create a wildly attractive and Burgundian bouquet. On the palate, this speaks more in whispers, soft and subtle yet pleasantly sweet, contrasting ripe orchard fruits against vibrant acidity, and with gobs of minerality that sneakily collect toward the close. The medium-long finish is clean and refreshing, as hints of raw almond and pretty inner florals slowly taper off. This blend of 60% Carricante, 25% Catarratto, 10% Grecanico and 5% Minnella shines bright in the 2020 vintage. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
The Domain: Tenuta Delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and works in the world of fine wine.
And an extraordinary location, as well - this "island within an island" that is the Etna. A place where nature is prodigal but also severe. And here they try with all their heart to express as purely as possible the refined and multifaceted microcosm of this ancient volcanic land. With respect, care, and hard farm work, always in organic balance.
The estate's philosophy is simple. Given an extreme climate, in order to obtain the best and most consistent ripening, our attention must focus on vineyard management. The finest workmanship in all aspects of viticulture is the first thing that sets them apart. And what enables them, bringing home exceptionally fine grapes, not to be invasive in their cellar work. A work best described as aimed above all at expressing the character of their varieties in their specific terroir.
A great team, a delicate hand, and a heightened sensibility, as well. And their ideas, that drive them to give the best of themselves in a quest, not of perfection, but of the ideal bond between what nature gives us and that which our sensitivity, experience, and imagination suggest.
All this sets them apart.