OENOFOROS Product Details 0219 Oenoforos Benanti Serra Della Contessa Riserva Etna Rosso 2017
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Country: Italy, Sicily
Grape Varieties: 80%-85% Nerello Mascalese & 10%-15% Nerello Cappuccio
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After almost twenty years of experience vinifying the well-known Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa, in 2015 Benanti decided to aim for new heights by focusing exclusively on the small, pre-phylloxera portion of the vineyard and extending the wine’s vinification, maturation and refining period to 60 months, thereby creating this new, exclusive Etna Rosso Riserva produced in a very limited quantity.

Vineyard located in Contrada Monte Serra, on the South-east slope of Mount Etna, at an elevation of c.500 m. a.s.l. (c.1,640 ft a.s.l.)

Nerello Mascalese (c.85%), Etna’s noble indigenous red variety, and Nerello Cappuccio (c.15%), a grape cultivated on Etna for centuries, co-planted in the same vineyard.
The very steep vineyard is planted on sandy, volcanic soil, rich in minerals and pumice lava stones, with a sub-acid reaction. The head-trained bush vines (“alberello”) are pre-phylloxera and ungrafted, with a planting density of 9,000 to 10,000 vine stocks per hectare and a yield of 4,500 kg/ha. The area’s high hill climate, mitigated by the proximity to the Ionian Sea, is humid and rainy in the cooler season, with constant good ventilation and high luminosity.

Tasting Notes:
The color is ruby with light tints of garnet. The nose is ethereal and intense, with hints of wild berries, spices and noble wood. The palate is a full, elegant, harmonic, mineral, significantly persistent and reasonably tannic.

Serving temperature: 18 – 19°C

Food Pairing:  An elegant, rewarding, age-worthy wine ideal with the game, red meat, and mature cheese.

Benanti is a wine producer located on the slopes of Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily. It was established in the late 19th century and has been making wine from indigenous grape varieties in the Etnean terroir since. Today, Benanti has expanded to encompass vineyards in Pachino on the southernmost tip of Sicily and in Pantelleria, just off Sicily`s western coastline.

Case Bottles: 6
Product Id: 0219




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The Grape
Nerello Cappuccio - Nerello Mascalese
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 DOC. 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. For information on the individual varieties see Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese.