The vineyards on Mount Etna’s eastern slopes are home to some pre-phylloxera vineyards. Therefore, these Carricante bush pruned vines grow are up to 120 years old. Although, it is believed that this indigenous variety has been grown on these slopes for a thousand years. While not quite as long lived, this variety makes cellarable white wines.
Being fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation leaves the mineral edged citrus, peach and apple fruit in the Pietradolce Archineri Bianco to shine. It is crisp and dry with a long lean backbone that drives fresh fruit along the palate. As this wine ages, it will develop some honey details that will flesh out this backbone.
If you cannot wait for the wine to age gracefully, then enjoy with either some fresh seafood or a fillet of white fleshed fish with a lemon sauce. It is an excellent wine either way.
Quickie review «A zippy feisty Sicilian with lemon citrus and apple fruit lengthened by a mineral backbone. »
Country of Origin: Etna DOC, Sicily
Tasting Date: March 2019
Price: AU $70 | US $40++| UK £37
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
If you liked this review for Pietradolce Archineri Bianco, here is a review of Pietradolce Rosato.