Benanti Nerello Mascalese 2006
Optimal with red meat, wild fowl and mature cheese.
The 2006 Nerello Mascalese Il Monovitigno is outrageous. Mint, flowers and sweet perfumed cherries are just some of the nuances that emerge from this textured, silky red. Deceptively medium in body, the wine blossoms on the palate with exquisite detail, clarity and freshness, all of which lead to a round and utterly harmonious finish. Readers who want to discover the virtues of Nerello Mascalese may want to start here. This is a gem of a wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Medium-light red: readers take note that this is an appropriate color for a wine that's made with 100% nerello mascalese. Pure, bracing aromas of sour red cherry, dried herbs, anchovy and bacon are lifted by a lovely mineral element. Layered flavors of finely textured red fruits are dense, lush and broad, with firm acidity giving the wine a light touch. Finishes complex and very long, with delicate herbal and pure red berry qualities and a trace of excess alcohol that blows off. This very impressive wine is one of the best nerello mascalese bottlings from Benanti I can recall at a similar stage of development.
Il Monovitigno is a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese—Mt. Etna’s most promising variety—with aromas of black olive, Indian spice, mesquite, black fruit and volcanic ash. It’s tonic and fresh in the mouth and encourages a pairing with spicy meat recipes.