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2018 Terre Siciliane Bianco “Lato Sud”

Grottafumata

Mauro Cutuli sources fruit from three tiny vineyards on the southern slopes of Mount Etna. The blend consists mainly of old-vine Carricante and Cataratto, fermented on the skins for four days in a nod to Etna tradition. His 2018 clocks in at a very affable 11 percent alcohol, presenting a subtly smoky aroma complemented by notes of yellow fruit, herbs, and wild broom. The ashy black volcanic sand in which the vines grow is home to abundant wild mint, onions, spinach, and other edible vegetation that Mauro likes to forage and cook into an ultra-local pasta. Don’t hesitate to look into other classic dishes from Etna as possible pairings—this stony bianco is the perfect foil to al dente fusilli coated in pesto di pistacchio, or bucatini with fennel, raisins, and anchovies.

Anthony Lynch

Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Carricante, 30% Catarratto, *Very small percentages of Minnella, Grecanico, Terribile, Inzolia, Coda di Volpe
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Producer: Grottafumata
Vineyard: 1.4 ha total, 40-100 years
Soil: Volcanic
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 11%

About Sicily

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Italy’s southernmost region and the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has no shortage of sunshine to grow high-quality grapes on a yearly basis. It also does not lack a history of winemaking: since the Greeks settled here almost three millennia ago, the vine has played a major role in the island’s agricultural makeup. Production of cheap bulk wine for blending dominated much of its recent history until now, as we are witnessing a quality revolution that puts forth its great diversity and quality of terroirs, indigenous grape varieties, and local production methods.

While Sicily’s historical reputation is for sweet wines—Marsala and the Muscats of Pantelleria stand out—a number of dry whites and reds are enjoying the spotlight today. The cooler, high-altitude slopes of Etna, with its ashy volcanic soils, have seen an explosion of activity from producers both local and foreign; both whites (primarily from Carricante) and reds (Nerello Mascalese) here are capable of uncommon freshness and finesse. Other noteworthy wine regions are Eloro, where Nero d’Avola gives its best; Noto, an oasis of dry and sweet Moscatos; Vittoria, with its supple, perfumed Frappatos; and Salina, where Malvasia makes thirst-quenching dry whites and deliciously succulent passiti.

Countless foreign invasions over the centuries have given Sicilian architecture and cuisine a unique exotic twist, making it a fascinating destination for gourmands as well as wine importers. With a wealth of dedicated artisans proud to show off the riches of their land, you can bet there are many exciting things still to come from this incredible island.

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