2004 Benanti Serra della Contessa

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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Benanti's 2004 Serra della Contessa is a showstopper. This blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio is made from 100-year old vines, many of which date to pre-phylloxera times. The wine is fermented in oak vats, then racked into French oak barrels for aging. It reveals notable intensity and purity in its expressive layers of ripe fruit, leather, minerals, menthol, licorice and smoke. Supple, finessed tannins frame the gorgeous finish. Today the wine is quite primary but in time it will likely develop into an ethereal beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016." (08/08)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2009 | Send Email
I love this wine., I love Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Capuccio and I love Mount Etna. Now that I have the disclaimers out of the way, this wine is stunning, so aromatic, supple, deep and complex it is like (I know I'm incurring the wrath of Burgundy and Nebbiolo freaks) the structural texture that I get when I drink Burgundy and Nebbiolo - that veil of tannin with a sweet core of fruit, complex wild, aromatic...sensational!
Drink from 2009 to 2012

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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Sicily

Alcohol Content (%): 14