Benanti

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Viagrande, Mt. Etna
People: Giuseppe with sons Antonio & Salvino Benanti, Owners & Winemakers

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Benanti 2014 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco Superiore DOC Login In Stock
Benanti (1.5 L) 2008 'Pietra Marina' Etna Bianco Superiore DOC Login In Stock
Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco DOC Login WS 88 In Stock
Benanti 2015 Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane IGT Login AG 93 In Stock
Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 91 In Stock
Benanti 2003 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC Login <1 Case
Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 92
Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC Login WS 91
Benanti 2015 Etna Rosso DOC Login WA 89 AG 91 In Stock
Benanti 2016 Etna Rosso DOC New! Login WS 90 In Stock



Media Links
The New York Times: From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential
Wine Enthusiast: Red-Hot Sicily's Top Wine Regions
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 318: Salvino Benanti
Vinography: Benanti Winery
The New York Times: Spring in a Bottle - 20 Great Wines for $20
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads

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Twitter: @BenantiWines
Benanti Winery Facebook

Antonio Benanti Instagram

When Dr. Giuseppe Benanti started making wine from his family’s winery and estate vineyards in the late 1980s, there were less than 10 producers in Etna. Dr. Benanti’s goal was to resurrect the winemaking customs of his family from the late 1800s, producing wine primarily from the native varieties on Mt. Etna. His early work in the DOC helped bring attention to the amazing terroirs of Mt. Etna. The Etna DOC is a semicircle to the north, east and south around the active volcano. The Benanti estate is located in the southern part of the Etna DOC in Viagrande. They produce wine from their estate vineyards as well as work closely with growers in the north and east on Mt. Etna. Today, Giuseppe’s sons Antonio and Salvino are enthusiastically committed to keeping the Benanti classic and elegant Etna wines at the forefront of the appellation.

Vinous by Antonio Galloni 12/2016
"Benanti is a historic name in not only Sicilian but also Italian wine circles. If today we can speak of Etna Rosso wines and their truly amazing quality level and site-specificity, it is thanks to the Benanti family (and their previous winemaker, the ultra-talented Salvo Foti), who were the first to believe and insist upon Etna’s native grapes, at a time when everyone in Sicily was rushing to plant Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Credit must go to Benanti for having created the I Monovitigni series of wines, which showcased to great effect the characteristics and high quality of the likes of monovariety Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese and even Minnella Bianca at a time when little was known about these cultivars. As if that weren’t enough, their Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina is one of Italy’s four or five best white wines."


Vinous by Antonio Galloni 11/2015
"If Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante have become superstar grape varieties--along with the wines of Etna in general---credit needs to go to the Benanti family and their original winemaker Salvo Foti, who were by far the first to believe in this mountain viticulture. Giuseppe Benanti, now helped by his sons Antonio and Salvino, started the estate back in 1998 but his grandfather, also called Giuseppe, was buying land and making wine from what are now considered grand cru areas of Etna such as Guardiola already back in the late 1800s.

Today Benanti makes what might be Italy’s best white wine, the Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina, as well as the best version of mono-variety Nerello Cappuccio, a wine that clearly shows that this variety does not necessarily have to play second fiddle to the more famous Nerello Mascalese. But readers beware: should the variety gain in popularity, this being Italy you’re likely to suddenly see myriad Nerello Cappuccio-labeled wines in the near future, but beware that much of what is believed to be Nerello Cappuccio on the island is actually Sangiovese or Carignan. Benanti also makes wines from the area of Noto (Nero d’Avola) and from Pantelleria (Zibibbo).

Always moving forward, the estate vinifies with natural yeasts selected from their own vineyards, and the estate is looking to plant another six or seven hectares of Carricante. Another sign of sure-fire commitment to Etna is that the Benantis have done away their international grapes, and have sold off some vineyards in the process, which, not surprisingly, were quickly gobbled up by a large, well-known Sicilian estate."

Reviews

  • Benanti 2015 Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2017)

    The 2015 Etna Rosso is a traditional blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Thanks to this blend, the color intensity of the wine shows a deeper ruby color. This is a streamlined and elegant wine with wild berry aromas, anise seed, dark mineral and crushed flint. The finish is slightly salty and the tannins are snappy and firm. Fruit is sourced from three sides of the volcano (the northern, southeast and southwest slopes) from parcels that range from 450 to 900 meters above sea level.
  • Benanti 2015 Etna Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/14/2017)

    Lovely bright dark red color. Slightly reticent aromas of red cherry, rosehip, raspberry and minerals. Then lively and balanced, with juicy red berry and sweet spice flavors. Finishes with bright acidity and rising but polished tannins. An outstanding Etna Rosso; not the last word in concentration or complexity but grows on you on the finish.
  • Benanti 2015 Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2017)

    Bright ruby. Perfumed aromas of raspberry and red cherry are complicated by minerals and sweet spices. Lively, juicy and crisp, with suave red berry flavors and a long captivating, very fruity and smooth finish. An outstanding Nerello Cappuccio, quite likely one of the three best Benanti has ever made.
  • Benanti 2014 'Rovittello' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2018)

    Tarry smoke and cured tobacco notes underscore the dried cherry, leather and spice flavors in this well-balanced, medium-bodied red, firmed by creamy tannins. Drink now through 2023.
  • Benanti 2016 Etna Bianco DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (10/31/2018)

    A firm, light-bodied white, with a minerally, saline underpinning to the hints of lemon curd, dried apricot and fresh herb. Drink now though 2020.
  • Benanti 2016 Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (10/31/2018)

    Cherry, pomegranate, thyme, smoky mineral; tangy, supple
  • Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2018)

    This elegant red is enlivened by bright acidity. An aromatic overtone of fragrant herb accents the wild cherry and dried cranberry fruit flavors. Long and creamy, with supple tannins and a streak of tar-tinged mineral emerging on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2026.
  • Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (10/31/2018)

    A fresh, supple red, featuring enticing violet, spice box and juniper accents to the pure note of crushed cherry fruit. Finely meshed and medium-bodied, with sculpted tannins and a lingering tang of mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2026.