About the Wine
Spare a thought for Etna Bianco, which is often overlooked in favour of Etna Rosso. The good news, though, is that you will find some great value here. Fermented entirely in stainless steel to capture freshness and made from Carricante - those of you who like exploring obscure grapes, step right up.
This comes from young vines on the northern side at 600 metres, where the soils are slightly sandier. This bursts with aromas which you don't often see in a white. There is orange blossoms and sea spray, but also something quite deep and savoury - is this lava flow minerality? Whatever it is, it's stunning and unique. There is a racy and lean acidity too, with oranges, lemons and fresh thyme, with a refreshing wet rock element too. Drink it on it's own, or with something from the ocean.d
Established in 2005, Pietradolce have quickly gained a reputation for making some stunning examples of Sicilian wines. The vineyard practices are entirely organic and their most premium vineyards are home to 80 year old vines.
The can be found, specifically, on the northern slopes of Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano (and most active!). With typically warm days and cooler nights, growing conditions ensure that their fruit develops the flavours typical of Etna.
These wines truly capture the energy of Etna wine, and are simultaneously vibrant and savoury, tannic and fresh. It is little wonder they are considered a producer to watch.