Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Le Vigne Niche 2011

White Blends from Sicily, Italy

Price: $32.99
Item No. 126078
  • V94
  • RP93
  • JS90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Vigne Niche is barrel fermented and aged in large oak barrels. It is bottled roughly 12 months after harvest, then released after six more months of bottle age. A shy, late blooming wine of unusual complexity and great longevity, it will reward you for your patience with a rare, noble beauty.

Have it with leek, pumpkin or onion soup, lobster bisque, risotto, oven baked fish, poultry, braised rabbit.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2011 Etna Bianco opens with an extraordinary bouquet laced with the incense, smoke, gunflint, lime and crushed rocks. Taut and marvelously pure, the 2011 is endowed with superb energy and tension. Quite simply, the Bianco is one of the very finest Italian whites I have tasted in some time."
94 Points

"The 2011 Etna Bianco opens with an extraordinary bouquet laced with the incense, smoke, gunflint, lime and crushed rocks. Taut and marvelously pure, the 2011 is endowed with superb energy throughout. Quite simply, the Bianco is one of the very finest Italian whites I have tasted in some time"
93 Points

"Gold-tinged yellow. Penetrating aromas of peach, mustard seed and minerals. Then sweet and soft on the palate, with stone fruit and floral flavors lingering. This vintage of Vigne Niche appears to offer more early accessibility than potential staying power."
90 Points

"A full-bodied white with chalk and lemon with hints of dried mango. Lovely integrated acidity and a fruity and clean finish. A blend of five white grapes: Carricante, Isolia, Grecanico, Catarratto, and Minella. Drink now or hold."
90 Points

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Learn About Tenuta delle Terre Nere

500,000 years of volcanic eruptions have created endless soil variation in neighboring plots of land, many of them radical. The soil at Terre Nere is mostly volcanic ash speckled by black pumice and peppered with abundant volcanic rock; to call it 'rocky' is putting it mildly! The weather variations in the area are profound and generally characterized by exposure, altitude, and ...

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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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