Processing Your Order...

Search for ""

Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Flat front label of wine
Flat front label of wineFront shot of wine bottleBack shot of wine bottle

Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2012

Other White Wine from Sicily, Italy
  • JS92
  • RP92
13.5% ABV
  • JS93
  • WE92
  • RP92
  • WE92
  • RP91
  • JS90
  • WE91
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $41.99
Try the 2017 Vintage 39 99
41 99
41 99
Save $0.00 (0%)
Ships Tue, Nov 20
Limit 0 bottles per customer
Sold in increments of 0
Add to Cart
1
Limit Reached
0.0 0 Ratings
My Wine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Rate for better recommendations
(256 characters remaining)
Cancel Save

0.0 0 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

100% Carricante from the eastern slopes of Mount Etna, 2,800 feet a.s.l. The vines are pre-phylloxera and are between 100-120 years old. The grapes are harvested by hand in early October before being soft-pressed and aged in stainless steel. Straw yellow with notes of peaches, flowers, and spice. Excellent complexity.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
JS 92
James Suckling
A dense white with a fascinating palate more like a red wine with its velvety texture. Full body with lemon rind, chalk and minerals. From ancient pre-phylloxera vines of Carricante. Drink now.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Etna Bianco Archineri is 100% Carricante from pre-phylloxera, 125-year-old vines planted in mineral-rich volcanic soils. This is a gorgeous white with loads of citric and flinty intensity. It also shows substance with a thicker, broader approach in the mouth and ripe flavors of peach and Golden Delicious apple.
View More
Pietradolce

Pietradolce

View all wine
Pietradolce, Sicily, Italy
Image of winery
Pietradolce was founded in 2005 and is set in Solicchiata, a village in the area of Castiglione di Sicilia on the North East slopes of Etna. They have chosen to plant only vines which are native to Etna, grown for the most part in the traditional form as bushes (alberello). This preference comes from the profound conviction that this is what is required by the land which offers them hospitality. Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante are and will continue to be the main players in their story.

At the heart of their philosophy lies a deep love and respect for the land on which we depend, getting the best from traditional methods while using with wisdom the latest developments in grape growing and wine making without compromising the environment that gives life to their passion.

A large, geographically and climatically diverse island, just off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. But it is also a wonderful source of diverse, high quality red and white wines. Steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades, Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region is finally receiving the accolades it deserves and shining in today's global market.

Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, variations on the sun-drenched island range from cool Mediterranean along the coastlines to more extreme in its inland zones. Of particular note are the various microclimates of Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where vineyards grow on drastically steep hillsides and varying aspects to the Ionian Sea. The more noteworthy red and white wines that come from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna include Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante (whites). All share a racy streak of minerality and, at their best, bear resemblance to their respective red and white Burgundies.

Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, and is great either as single varietal bottling or in blends with other indigenous varieites or even with international ones. For example, Nero d'Avola is blended with the lighter and floral, Frappato grape, to create the elegant, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, one of the more traditional and respected wines of the island.

Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, 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.

Other White Wine

View all wine

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

PIN357451_2012 Item# 130669