“Contrada Cavaliere” Rosso Etna DOC 2017

    Benanti Viticoltori | Sicily
    Benanti Viticoltori S.p.a. | Via Garibaldi 361 | IT 95029 Viagrande

    "Contrada Cavaliere" Rosso Etna DOC 2017

    Benanti's new red comes 100% from the small vineyard (Contrada) Cavaliere. The vineyards in the municipality of Santa Maria di Licodìa develop at considerable altitudes (about 900 metres above sea level) with favourable conditions for all the indigenous varieties, both red and white berries, grown here with Guyot pruning. Here both the Nerello and the Carricante produce wines with a well-defined structure and varietal aromas.

    Radiant ruby red. Ethereal bouquet full of spices and hints of red fruits. On the palate medium-bodied, complex and with a fine tannin and acid wire that complete its elegance and harmony. SUPERIORE.DE

    "A clean, silky version, featuring creamy tannins layered with baked raspberry, violet, citrus and spice flavors. Medium-bodied, with tangy, minerally notes of saline and tarry smoke lingering on the finish." Wine Spectator

    "Bright red. Savory herbs, flowers, and red fruit aromas and flavors. Rich, round and ripe but with good acid lift. Finishes long, with youthfully chewy tannins and with lots of size and flesh. Will appeal more to those who like their wines bigger rather than perfumed, but it’s hard to argue with this wine’s charm and fun in-your-face personality. Made from grapes of the two Nerello varieties grown at roughly 900 meters above sea level on the southwest slope of Etna." Vinous

    "Wild berry, Mediterranean herb, scorched soil and a whiff of game meld together on this 100% Nerello Mascalese. On the tightly knit palate, close-grained, drying tannins wrap around dried black cherry, orange zest and licorice alongside a hint of smoky mineral." Wine Enthusiast

    "Here's an exciting new wine from the Benati family that showcases their latest vineyard acquisitions in the Contrada Cavaliere in Santa Maria di Licodia (with vines at 900 meters above sea level on the southwest side of Etna). The 2017 Etna Rosso Contrada Cavaliere reveals a darker appearance and a more intense aromatic profile, which are characteristics of this flank of the Etna volcano. This is a very expressive Etna red, meant for rich meat sauces on pasta, but it does show marked differences from the wines made in the area between Castiglione di Sicilia and Passopisciaro. For one, the aromas here are slightly more fruit-driven, with bright cherry and red apple skin. The tannins are a bit sweeter and glossier as well. They don't show that volcanic dryness you sometimes get. In all, this new wine has deftly navigated this hot and dry vintage. Production is 5,300 bottles strong." Robert Parker

    "Plenty of cherry and ripe strawberry with crushed-stone undertones. It’s full-to medium-bodied with a bitter-cherry undertone to the fruit and firm, edgeless tannins." James Suckling

    34,90 €

    19133017 · 0,75 l · 46,53 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

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    Product Details
    • Grape Variety: 100% Nerello
    • Cultivation: close to nature
    • Expansion: 12 months large wooden barrel
    • Development: wooden barrel
    • Filtration: yes
    • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
    • Total Extract: 31,85 g/l
    • Total Acidity: 5,25 g/l
    • Residual Sugar: 1,78 g/l
    • Sulfite: 132 mg/l
    • ph-Value: 3,55
    • Closure: natural cork
    • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
    • Storage Potential: 2032
    • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
    Character
    • Elegant / mineral
    • Wine for Meditation
    • Wine for Fireplace/Tobacco Lovers
    Fits to:
    • Light Meat
    • Dark Poultry
    • Offal
    • Cheese well matured
    • Terrines and Pasty
    • Mild wild Dishes
    stored air-conditioned
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