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Fessina Musmeci Etna Bianco 2013

Other White Wine from Sicily, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Along with aromas and flavors of flinty minerality and herbs, Musmeci Bianco retains a core of stone fruit and candied citrus with undertones of marzipan and toast. Marked acidity and mineralitycarry this wine through a complex, balanced, and long finish that indicates there is plenty of life ahead for this beautiful white wine.

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JS 91
James Suckling
This has lemon curd as well as fresh cut grass and a melony undertone. The palate is on the dry end with a rigid texture and super salty overall feeling.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Etna Bianco Superiore il Musmeci is a vineyard-designate wine from the Milo area of Etna. This is a very different white wine compared to Tenuta di Fessina's Etna Bianco A' Puddara (despite the fact I scored these wines the same). The oak fermented Il Musmeci is feather light in consistency with a very citrus-driven bouquet of grapefruit and bergamot. But look closely and the wine reveals its complexity with studied precision. It opens to show mineral, grilled herb and caper blossom. That citrusy feel continues to the mouth where the wine delivers a pretty burst of sour lime and white flower. That acidity should bode well for short term aging.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A sleek, mouthwatering white, with an open-knit mix of crunchy pear, white peach, lemon preserves and lanolin flavors, underscored by a streak of smoky mineral that lingers on the well-cut finish. Drink now through 2021.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Attractive aromas of dried Spanish broom, mature white fruit, flint and a whiff of savory herb lead the nose on this round, juicy wine. On the palate, candied citrus, mineral and nectarine zest add depth to a core of mature pear and creamy apple. It's balanced with just enough freshness.
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Fessina, Sicily, Italy
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Founded in 2007 by winemaker Silvia Maestrelli and her husband, Roberto Silva. The Fessina Estate is located in the small village of Rovittello, about eight miles east of Randazzo. Given its distinct location, the terroir of the vineyards is composed of centuries-old lava deposits that yield strikingly individual wines in a class by themselves. In addition to the main estate, the winery includes two additional vineyards — a tribute to Sicily’s incredibly fertile, bountiful landscape. Tenuta di Fessina is a testament to the beauty and splendor of its surroundings: the magnificence of the region is reflected in the wines.

Tenuta di Fessina is located in Rovittello, a small, picturesque village in the heart of Castiglione di Sicilia. The estate lies in the shadows of Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, which adds to the mystique of this incredible property.

A large, geographically and climatically diverse island off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. It is also home to red and white table wines that have been steadily increasing in quality and popularity over the past few decades, allowing Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region to shed its former image as merely a supplier of bulk wine. Certainly, plenty of bulk wine is still made here, but those who look beyond that will find plenty of high-quality wines for every-day drinking as well as bottles from boutique producers who espouse thoughtful vineyard practices (the organic wine movement thrives here). Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, there is some variation on the sun-drenched island, particularly at high elevation on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Although Sicily’s comeback began with clever labels and easily recognizable international varieties, its charm lies in its indigenous grapes. Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, responsible for full-bodied, berry fruited wines throughout the island. In Cerasuolo di Vittoria, it is blended with the lighter, more floral Frappato to create an elegantly balanced wine. On the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, many noteworthy wines are being produced in every color—whites from Cataratto and Carricante, and rosés from Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. All of these wines share a racy streak of minerality and at their best can bear more than a slight resemblance to their respective Burgundies. Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are used to produce generally simple, crisp dry whites. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

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