Ciro Biondi "Outis" Etna Bianco 2017Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Ciro Biondi's family has owned vineyards on Mt. Etna since at least 1800, and first sold bottled wine under their label a century ago; the modern iteration of the Biondi winery started in 1999. Ciro (an architect by training) and his wife Stef own three vineyards near the small town of Trecastagni, and have reworked an old palmento in one of their vineyards as a winery. Barrel storage is in the little old cellar of the family house in the center of Trecastagni.
Carricante, an intriguing white indigenous grape variety with a distinctive stony minerality, is blended here with several other more aromatic local varieties, including Moscadella dell'Etna. The combination ofbright acidity and minerality from the Carricante and the complex aromatic notes from the other varieties come together harmoniously in the glass. (Unblended Carricante can be almost too lean and minerally.) Notes: bright pale straw color; aroma of wet stones, with hints of flowers, peach, apricot and herbs; very flavorful palate impression with lively balancing acidity.
Grape Varieties: Carricante 90%, Minella/Malvasia/Catarrati/Moscatello 10% from estate vineyards
Production Zone: South East Mt. Etna, Trecastagni.
Vinification: fruit is picked into small boxes, pressed immediately, then fermented and aged for about 8 months in stainless steel tanks.