2020 Etna Bianco, Giovanni Rosso, Sicily, Italy

2020 Etna Bianco, Giovanni Rosso, Sicily, Italy

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2020 Etna Bianco, Giovanni Rosso, Sicily, Italy

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Giovanni Rosso

Giovanni Rosso

Davide Rosso took over from his father, Giovanni, in the early 2000s. He has since risen quickly in reputation as one of Piedmont’s greatest producers. He may not have the uninterrupted winemaking history of some of his famous neighbours, but he is the envy of many: he has some of the most desirable vineyards in Barolo – Serralunga d’Alba, Cerretta, Serra – showcasing the vivid terroir of his beloved hometown.

His range of single vineyards demonstrates his sensitivity and skill, and his pride for his hometown only magnifies the details of these crus, resulting in wines of rare class and sophistication.

Using traditional cement for fermentation with long gentle macerations, Davide’s wines are timeless, traditional and expertly crafted. His specially made French botti from the Fontainebleau forest are an indicator of Davide’s refined flamboyance. And his vineyards give him the quality of raw material to demonstrate his charm and flair.

He also crafts a small amount of wine in neighbouring Langhe and Roero and an Etna Bianco and Etna Rosso from stunning volcanic sites in Sicily.

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Etna

Etna

Winemaking on Mount Etna, located on the eastern coast of Sicily in Italy, is a unique and ancient tradition that has gained significant recognition in recent years. Etna is one of Europe’s most active volcanoes, and its volcanic soil, elevation, and climate combine to create exceptional conditions for grape cultivation and winemaking.

The volcanic soil is rich in minerals and nutrients, making it highly fertile for grapevines. The dark, volcanic ash and lava rock contribute to the unique flavor profiles of the wines, giving them a distinct mineral and earthy character.

Etna is a high-altitude wine region, with vineyards located at various elevations ranging from 1,300 to 3,300 feet (400 to 1,000 meters) above sea level. This elevation results in cooler temperatures, which help to preserve acidity and freshness in the grapes, even in the warm Mediterranean climate.

The dominant grape variety is Nerello Mascalese. Nerello Cappuccio, another red grape variety, and Carricante, a white grape variety, are also cultivated here. These grapes are well-suited to the volcanic soil and elevation, producing wines with complexity and elegance.

Etna has a diverse range of microclimates due to its varying elevations, exposure to the sun, and volcanic activity. These allow winemakers to produce a wide range of wine styles, from lighter, more elegant reds to fuller-bodied, age-worthy wines.

The region has a rich history of winemaking dating back thousands of years, but in recent decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in producing high-quality wines. Many winemakers combine traditional techniques with modern innovations to create exceptional wines.

The region has its own Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) designation, which sets quality standards and regulations for winemaking. This designation helps protect the authenticity and quality of the wines.

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Carricante

Carricante

Carricante is one of the most important and traditional grape varieties used to produce white wines in Sicily, Italy. It's known for its crisp acidity, minerality, and delicate aromas, making it a favourite among enthusiasts who appreciate lighter, refreshing styles of white wine.

The variety is believed to be native to the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in northeastern Sicily. This region's unique volcanic soils and high-altitude vineyards play a significant role in shaping the grape's character and contributing to the distinctiveness of the wines.

The vines are known for their adaptability and are particularly well-suited to the volcanic ash and lava-rich soils, which help impart a pronounced mineral quality to the resulting wines.

Carricante wines are typically characterised by their bright acidity, subtle fruit flavours, and mineral-driven taste. Typical flavour notes include citrus (lemon, lime), green apple, pear, and sometimes hints of floral and herbal nuances. The volcanic influence often contributes to smoky and stony undertones in the wine.

While the wines are generally consumed young to appreciate their fresh and vibrant character, some producers also make versions suitable for ageing. Proper cellaring allows these wines to develop more complex flavours and evolve gracefully.

The variety's bright acidity and fresh fruit flavours make them excellent companions for various dishes. They pair well with seafood, especially shellfish, grilled fish, and light pasta dishes. The wines' mineral character also makes them an excellent match for dishes with volcanic soil-infused ingredients, such as certain types of cheese and vegetables grown in volcanic regions.

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