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I Custodi Ante Etna Bianco 2018

  • RP92
750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

I Custodi Ante Etna Bianco is a greenish straw yellow color. The nose is fruity with hints of aniseed. Dry, harmonic, good structure, rightly acid, great freshness, with a nice salty aftertaste.

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RP 92
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A pure expression of Carricante, the I Custodi 2018 Etna Bianco Ante (with 10,000 bottles produced) draws its fruit from a two-hectare site on the eastern side of Etna with alberello vines at a very high 900 meters above sea level. Those elevations ensure cool diurnal temperature shifts and greater freshness in the wines as a result. But this wine has three years of age one it, with winemaking in stainless steel, so we can enjoy some of the soft evolution of this age-worthy grape that transitions from pear and citrus to smoky tones and exotic Moroccan lemon. Those ashy volcanic notes are ever-present in this intriguing, complex and artisanal wine.
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A large, geographically and climatically diverse island, just off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. But it is also a wonderful source of diverse, high quality red and white wines. Steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades, Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region is finally receiving the accolades it deserves and shining in today's global market.

Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, variations on this sun-drenched island range from cool Mediterranean along the coastlines to more extreme in its inland zones. Of particular note are the various microclimates of Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where vineyards grow on drastically steep hillsides and varying aspects to the Ionian Sea. The more noteworthy red and white Sicilian wines that come from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna include Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante (whites). All share a racy streak of minerality and, at their best, bear resemblance to their respective red and white Burgundies.

Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, and is great either as single varietal bottling or in blends with other indigenous varieties or even with international ones. For example, Nero d'Avola is blended with the lighter and floral, Frappato grape, to create the elegant, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, one of the more traditional and respected Sicilian wines of the island.

Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, crisp dry Sicilian white. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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