Benanti 2016 Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC
Item Number: 12384
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Monte Serra
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Soil Type: Volcanic with sand
Elevation: 1,470 feet
Case Production: 500
Vineyard Notes: This delicious red is a new wine from Benanti. It is produced from the Contrada Monte Serra, which is the monopole vineyard located right outside the winery in Viagrande. This bottling is sourced from the younger vines (12 years old) in the vineyard, located below the older vines that go into the Serra della Contessa bottling. The vines are trained with the free standing bush (“alberello”) system.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested in late September and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature of 25°C in stainless steel vats, with a 20-day long maceration, using patented selected indigenous yeasts. The wine matures in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks. It ages for approximately 6 months in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: The wine is ethereal and spicy with scents of red fruit.
93pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"In its second year now, the 2017 Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra is a slightly more fragile and subdued wine compared to its cousin from the Contrada Cavaliere. The floral impact of this wine leaves a lasting impression, and the quality of fruit veers toward wild berries and cranberries. There is a note of plush or succulent sweetness that seems very specific to this wine. The tannins are silky, and the wine is mid-weight in texture but noticeably long in persistence. This pure expression of Nerello Mascalese would pair nicely with fresh tuna and capers served with tomato sauce on pasta."