Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020

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"Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world, they have a pronounced savory flavor salty, in a word that gives these wines a singular nature found nowhere else. They are high in acidity and relatively low in alcohol, generally around 12.5 percent, which makes them racy and refreshing.

Marco de Grazia, an American importer who also owns Tenuta delle Terre Nere, which makes a number of fine Etna wines including the lively floral, herbal 2018 Terre Nere Etna Bianco, our No. 4 bottle, which was just 65 percent carricante, but our best value at $25. Terre Nere also makes a series of slightly more expensive Etna Biancos, labeled Vigne Niche, that are 100 percent carricante and highly recommended." -Eric Asimov, The New York Times

Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine wine.
And an extraordinary location, as well - this "island within an island" that is the Etna - that my brother and I chose. And that, I sometimes believe, actually chose us. A place where nature is prodigal but also severe. And here I try with all my 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 us apart. And what enables us, bringing home exceptionally fine grapes, not to be invasive in our cellar work. A work best described as aimed above all at expressing the character of our varieties in their specific terroir. A great team, a delicate hand and a heightened sensibility, as well. And our ideals, that drive us to give the best of ourselves in quest, not of perfection, but of the ideal bond between what nature gives us and that which our sensitivity, experience and imagination suggests. All this sets us apart.

60 Carricante, 25 Catarratto, 10 Grecanico, 5 Minnella from vineyards located on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano at 600-900 meters above seal level. After harvest at the beginning of October, the grapes go through a soft pressing and low temperature fermentation in stainless steel.