Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2015 Front Label
Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2015 Front Label

Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2015

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This 100% Carricante varietal is an intense expression of its terroir. Lovely acidity and great minerality are characteristics of terrain (Milo), which is undoubtedly the best for Etna whites. Structured wine, with complex aromas of grapefruit and herbs; fresh and flavorful, long finish.

Pairs well with seafood and grilled, fresh fish.

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Made from old vines ranging between 100 and 120-years-old, this vibrant white opens with aromas suggesting citrus, orchard fruit, linden blossom, acacia and a whiff of beeswax. On the savory, radiant palate, a mineral vein underscores green apple, grapefruit, and aromatic herb. Give this a few more years to fully develop. Drink 2018 through 2025.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The delicious 2015 Etna Bianco Archineri is a terrific white wine with a deep sense of varietal and territorial identity. It presents extra crisp and elegant lines with mild citrusy intensity and deeply etched mineral lines of flint and brimstone. These qualities will be interesting to watch as the wine continues its aging trajectory. Carricante grapes are harvested from pre-phylloxera vines and only 3,000 bottles were produced.
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Pietradolce, Italy
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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.

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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 this 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 Sicilian 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 varieties 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 Sicilian wines of the island.

Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, crisp dry Sicilian white. 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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Carricante has grown on the slopes of Sicily’s Mt. Etna for the last thousand years. It is the dominant grape in Etna Bianco DOC blends, with Catarratto as a possible minor blending partner. The best examples come from volcanic soils at higher altitudes where a large diurnal temperature shift allows slow and steady ripening and the development of Carricante’s naturally high acidity. Somm Secret—A vine variety capable of high yields if not tended to properly, Carricante gets its name from, carica, the Italian word for “load.”

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