Benanti 2014 'Serra della Contessa' Etna Rosso DOC
Item Number: 12383
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Monte Serra
Grape(s): 85% Nerello Mascalese / 15% Nerello Cappuccio
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Soil Type: Volcanic with sand
Elevation: 1,640 feet
Case Production: 582
Vineyard Notes: Serra della Contessa is produced from the Contrada Monte Serra, which is the monopole vineyard located right outside the winery in Viagrande. This bottling is sourced from vines averaging over 100 years in age. Many are ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines as the volcanic and sandy soils have allowed the ungrafted vines to remain free of disease. The vines are trained with the free standing bush (“alberello”) system.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested between late Sepember and early October and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats with a 20-days long maceration. Patented selected indigenous yeasts are used. The maturation occurs in large barrels of French oak for about 24 months and then continues in stainless steel tanks. The wine refines in the bottle for 6-9 months.
About the Name: The name Serra della Contessa appeared for the first time in a very old notarial document written in Latin and dating back to the year 1474.