This is a volcanic wine, an essential introduction to the wines of Mount Etna, a deeply mineral red that is intense and ethereal. Ripe with fruit and generous in length, it is made of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio—these grapes are native to Sicily. For newcomers to the wines of the region, this could be likened to a deep, evocative Pinot Noir, with the element of seductive earthiness so redolent in Sicilian reds.
Giuseppe Benanti commenced his wine adventures 1980s, committing himself to a tireless pursuit of knowledge about Sicilian native varietals, soils and winemaking. His first wine was realised in 1990. The label is a family affair, now under the direction of his sons Antonio and Salvino. Only indigenous grape varieties are grown. In this way, they are singular expressions of Etna.