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Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2017

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Structured wine, with complex aromas of grapefruit and herbs; fresh and flavorful, with a long finish.

Pairs well with seafood and grilled, fresh fish.

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JS 93
James Suckling

Quite a subtle Etna white, and all the more appealing because of that. The nose suggest white stones, blossoms, lime and freshly squeezed lemons. The palate shows real focus and intensity, which isn’t that common in 2017. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a medium-long finish. 100% carricante. Drink now.

WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of Mediterranean brush, yellow apple, crushed rock and juicy citrus flow over to the bright savory palate along with pear and savory mineral notes. Bright acidity imparts a refreshing finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Etna Bianco Archineri shows a mild and subtle bouquet with distant tones of crushed mineral followed by dried citrus, white apricot and dried sage. That subtle personality grows with time, and the wine needs a little extra time to open. It goes from citrus and grapefruit to crushed stone, yellow rose and honeysuckle. The finish is lean but zesty and crisp. Old vines are used to make this wine, some as old as 130 years old. Only 3,000 bottles were produced.
W&S 92
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In 2005, Michele Faro established Pietradolce near Castiglione di Sicilia on Mount Etna’s northern slope. He and his team farm 27 acres of native Etna varieties, including a plot of ungrafted, alberello-trained carricante at 2,788 feet up Etna’s eastern slope. Winemaker Carlo Ferrini soft-presses the grapes and vinifies the wine in stainless steel, spotlighting carricante’s zesty lemon flavors and saline minerality. Tensile acidity keeps the wine tightly wound; it will benefit from another year in bottle, but there’s plenty of potential here.

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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 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.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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