Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso 2006

Red Blends from Sicily, Italy

$44.99
Item No. 117260
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE94
  • V91
  • W&S91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The color is vivid red ruby. Aromas are ethereal and intense with hints of wild berries, peach and noble wood. In the mouth, it is full, harmonic, considerably persistent and reasonably tannic.

Critical Acclaim

"A stellar, superb wine that embodies all the grace, power and charm of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily. This highly unique and distinctive territory has shaped an elegant expression of Nerello Mascalese (with 20% Nerello Cappuccio) offering aromas of wild berry set against delicately toasted pistachio nut. In the mouth, the wine is silky, compact and very persistent.
Cellar Selection"
94 Points

"This centenarian vineyard, including a portion of ungrafted vines, is in Monte Serra, on the eastern side of Etna at 1,600 feet. The old vines and relatively lower altitude contribute to this wine's saturated fruit, matching sweet cherry ripeness with a deep umami character. There's an initial, resinous bitterness that relents with air, turning toward black truffle, porcini and persimmon notes. This need further bottle age, or fatty braised pork shoulder to bring the tannins in line."
91 Points

"The 2006 Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa shows terrific energy and vibrancy in its dark fruit. Medium in body, the Serra della Contessa impresses for its balance and finesse. Flowers, spices, French oak and a burst of red berries inform the long, round finish. Serra della Contessa is Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio from vines that are over 100 years old. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. "
91 Points

Learn About Benanti Map ItMap It

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 Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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