2014 Benanti Etna Rosso

SKU #1263435 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Editors' Choice*** Made with 85% Nerello Mascalese and 15% Nerello Cappuccio, this radiant red boasts a beautiful fragrance of blue and red flower, ripe berry, cake spice and aromatic herb. The radiant, delicious palate doles out layers of juicy black cherry, raspberry compote, cinnamon, white pepper and clove while a mineral note backs up the lingering finish. It's young but balanced, with bright acidity and tightly wound but refined tannins. (KO)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

#3 Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines for 2016: Nerello Cappuccio – Nerello Mascalese is a blend of two very Sicilian grape varieties. Together they are the mainstay of quality red wines from Sicily's east coast, and have long been a popular choice for wines made under the Sicilia IGT title (now promoted to DOC status). The pair are in fact two mutations of a single variety, although the original archetypal Nerello is rarely referred to in ampelographic literature – or any other kind of literature for that matter.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2016 | Send Email
YUM ! A fun medium bodied red blend, dark fruit, spice and that Etna ash, makes a GREAT combo. Buy two the first bottle empties quickly.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Benanti's Rosso is the perfect introduction to Etna reds. While it's vibrant, juicy and immediately drinkable, there's a deceptive complexity for a wine at this price. Wonderful flavors of cherry, red plum and spice are enhanced by fine grippy tannins, smoky mineral notes from the volcanic soils and just the right amount of acidity. Here's a versatile and intriguing red from Sicily that's definitely worth seeking out.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
What I enjoy most about Etna Rosso wines are their fantastic savory notes. This Benanti begins with smokey tobacco aromas that are mimicked on the palate with influences of juicy red fruit. The wine has a long, developed finish with flavors of dry spice and dried flowers- especially violets, The wine is interesting enough to enjoy on its own, but would be excellent with grilled fish or chicken!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Benanti is one of the oldest and best producers on Mount Etna; their wines show the volcanic origins of the vineyards and how Nerello Mascalese is the perfect vehicle to express the Mountain’s flavors. The full nose has waves of smoky, spicy, earthiness coupled with a bit of plumy fruit. On the palate the wine is reminiscent of the structure of Nebbiolo a bit of tannic structure on the outside brushing your cheeks with a sweet plumyness inside. The flavors are complex, persistent and show a rainbow from umami driven flavors of porcini, kelp and salted plums to sweet, chocolaty plum. The wine is layered, so many different levels, heavy, light, gritty, smooth, just an amazing array of texture and flavor. The finish is evocative of the palate experience, driving, long and persistent .
Drink from 2016 to 2023

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5