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Terra Costantino de Aetna Etna Bianco

$42.00

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Vintage: 2020
Region: Sicily, Italy
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 80% Carricante, 15% Catarratto, and 5% Minnella

Terra Costantino de Aetna Etna Bianco is structured and savory, with flowers on the nose but the palate has clean edges and quiet power. Energetic and mineral-driven, with vibrant acidity that lifts lemon zest, ripe pear, and candied citrus before closing on a salty pine nut note.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Citrus, Lemon, Pear

BODY

Full-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

No Oak

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Chilled Whites and Rosés (48°–52°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Unknown

IMPORTER

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Terra Costantino de Aetna Etna Bianco

Terra Costantino de Aetna Etna Bianco is structured and savory, with flowers on the nose but the palate has clean edges and quiet power. Energetic and mineral-driven, with vibrant acidity that lifts lemon zest, ripe pear, and candied citrus before closing on a salty pine nut note. It’s a great example of how powerful Etna’s dry Carricante whites can get while retaining freshness and mineral bite. She’s drinking beautifully now but has the legs to age if that’s your thing.

About Terra Costantino

Run by father-son duo Dino Constantino and Fabio, the organic Terra Costantino estate (certified organic since 2002) is located on the southeastern slope of Mt. Etna. Their 10 hectares of vineyards stretch across the mid-slope of this still-active volcano. The name ‘de Aetna’ is inspired by the title of a Latin pamphlet that dates from 1494 and expresses the sacredness of the oenological universe.

About Carricante

Carricante is an ancient white wine grape variety from eastern Sicily. It is thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mt Etna for at least a thousand years. There are around 200 hectares (500 acres) of plantings on the island. Very few vines are found elsewhere.

The variety is known for its marked acidity, and the high yields which gave rise to its name (carica means “load” in Italian). The best examples come from vines grown in volcanic soils, at high altitude (Etna’s vineyards stretch up as high as 1,200 meters/3,940ft).

Carricante is the key grape behind white wines made under the Etna DOC title. It is required in all of the denomination’s white wines: 60 percent minimum in the standard Etna Bianco and 80 percent in Etna Bianco Superiore. The most common blending partner here is Catarratto, a variety for which Carricante is often confused. The variety is also permitted in the Sicilia DOC, Terre Siciliane IGP and a handful of other tiny IGP designations.

Well-adapted to their environment, Carricante vines respond well to the high diurnal temperature variations that characterize the climate around Mt. Etna. The grapes ripen slowly and steadily throughout the long growing season, retaining their trademark high acidity well into September.

If harvested too early, this acidity is all too apparent in the wine, and is sometimes countered by lees contact and malolactic fermentation and/or partial barrel aging. In cooler seasons, Carricante grapes can still be seen on the vines into early October.

On the whole, Carricante wines offer a broad range of refreshing citrus aromas – anything from lemon and lime to grapefruit to orange – alongside cooling herbal notes such as mint and aniseed. An underlying mineral, slatey character is also to be found in the finest examples.

When aged in stainless steel and without lees contact, notes of tart green apple shine through – a searing reminder of the variety’s naturally high acidity. Weightier Carricante wines (particularly later-harvested examples) are complemented by honeyed hints and the creamy texture that results from lees contact.

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