Friday, January 8, 2010
Sicilian Wines from Mount Etna
This weekend's wine tasting (January 8th and 9th) features three Sicilian wines grown in the volcanic soils of Mount Etna.
2007 Benanti Bianco di Caselle, Sicily
Made from 100% Carricante grown as alberello (free standing bush). This indigenous vine is cultivated only on Etna. The grape is medium-sized with very pruinose skin and a green/yellow-ish color. The pulp is juicy and the taste is simple and sweet. Rich, fruity and an almost oxidized apple quality with great aromatics.
2007 Cantina Corbera Isola d’Oro Nerello Mascalese, Sicily
Cantina Corbera is a co-operative in western Sicily that produces wines of very good quality and excellent value. Medium-dark red; aroma and flavor of blackberries and plums, with a hint of smokiness. Very bright and fruit-forward in style, exactly what you want in an everyday red at this price.
2007 Graci Etna Rosso, Sicily
The relatively new Graci estate harvests from several high-altitude plots around Etna. Wines go only into large oak barrels, giving them a nice edge andgreat fruit clarity. This Nerello Mascalese leads with a subtle, arid earth scent, plus currant and cranberry. Rich and evocative with a dense, powerful mineral structure.
Only $10.00 per person to taste all three
Please note: we now have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you.