Pre-Phylloxera Carricante on Etna - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Pre-Phylloxera Carricante on Etna

Mario (left) and Michele Fario

Michele and Mario Faro, scions of a renowned Sicilian nursery specializing in Mediterranean plants, established Pietradolce on Mt. Etna’s northern slope in 2005. The brothers now own 27 vineyard acres, including five acres of pre-phylloxera carricante vines near Milo. Those ancient vines, planted in 1899 and 1919, produce this tautly structured wine. It opens with scents of lemongrass and citrus that lead into precise flavors of pear, lemon and greengage plum. Cool saline notes weave through the fruit tones, knitting the flavors together harmoniously as they build toward an energetic, vertical finish.

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Pietradolce 2018 Etna Bianco Archineri


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is the Italian wine editor at Wine & Spirits magazine.

This story appears in the print issue of October 2020.
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