Benanti Pietramarina Etna Bianco 2007

White Blends from Sicily, Italy

Item No. 117886
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • W&S94
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Benanti Pietramarina Etna Bianco is a pale yellowish color with bright greenish tints. The aromas are intense, rich, delicate and fruity (think ripe apple). The taste is dry with a pleasant acidity and nice aromatic persistence.

Critical Acclaim

"From 80-year-old bush vines, this carricante grows in the sandy, volcanic soils of Milo, on the eastern side of Etna at 3,100 feet. The wine is so obsessively mineral that it’s a little stinky when first poured, though it immediately shows textural refinement and silken layers of flavor. Scents of honey laced with fresh cream and pear gain depth as the wine develops with air, building toward spiced quince and kumquat while it retains mouthwatering freshness. An elegant white with dimension and energy in the glass, this will benefit as much from further bottle age as it will reward decanting. Serve with a whole roasted sea bass stuffed with rosemary. "
94 Points

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At the end of the 1800"s, Giuseppe Benanti, grandfather of Dr. Giuseppe Benanti, began the production of wines on one of his father"s old farms on the slopes of Mount Etna, at Viagrande (Catania). In 1988, Giuseppe Benanti revived the family"s old passion, with an extensive and selective study of the Etnean soils highly devoted to viticulture. He also investigated particular clones...

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Learn About Sicily

(SIH-sih-lee) Sicily makes a lot o' wine. From Marsala, the sweet, fortified wine of the region, to up-and-coming Nero d'Avola, this hot and hilly region is diverse. Sicily was at one time more quantity focused than quality, and while it's still producing a great deal of wine, the quality coming out is much better. With poor soil (great for grapes), warm sunshine, little...

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Other White Wine While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about... Albarino Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain, Rias Baixas (in Galacia), this grape is loved by almost all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is aromatically intense...

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