Terre Nere Niche Etna Bianco 2011/2012 750ml 2009
Sku: 41218
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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: Etna
Grape Varietal: White Italian Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $29.97
Buy Terre Nere Niche Etna Bianco 2011/2012
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2009 Etna Bianco deftly balances a round, expressive core of fruit with lively minerality. This mid-weight, gracious white offers terrific balance and a long, harmonious close. A blend of predominantly Carricante with some Catarratto, Grecanico and Minella, it is an excellent introduction to the wines of the Etna. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. (Jun 2010)

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Wine maker notes
I first made this wine in 2005. I wanted to remove that more or less 5% of white grapes that the local vignerons used to mingle with their red ones, in order to make my Etna Rosso from red grapes alone. The white grapes were a mumbo-jumbo of local varieties: Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia and Minnella. So thatís what my Etna Bianco was: a field blend of all the above, with Carricante dominating the blend with roughly 65%. And thatís what it still is. All from old vines. And, somehow, it works. A perfectly lovely wine. With the effortless uplift of a dancer, it allows me to let it go freely through life, malo included, without it ever losing its bright demeanor and lively step. Deviously drinkable, still it always clings, leaving one wondering how it delights and where do the goodies come from. In aging, the noblesse of the Etna and its remarkable terroir emerge. And the loveliness turns thoughtful and deepens, still graceful, never redundant. Fish, flesh or foul, all are fine, if very gently cooked. It loves seafood, particularly over pasta: after all, it is Sicilian.