BIANCO DI SEI ETNA BIANCO
2018 Palmento Costanzo
Super example made from local Sicilian carricante grape grown organically at 800 metres on Etna's volcanic sand with a little cataratto to add crispiness and zip to a limey ripe dense white. Rose Murray-Brown, The Scotsman (Sep 2021)
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The 2018 Etna Bianco Di Sei opens with a pretty display of fresh peaches, honeysuckle and crushed raw almonds. It’s soft in feel yet with a salty twang, as tart orchard fruits and minerals cascade across the senses. There’s an aching tension that lingers through the finale, as hints of kiwi and savory herbs slowly fade. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 88 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)
Almond shells, with a neutral, restrained, chalky character. Liquid stones on the palate. Closed and tense. Decent length though. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 16+ Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
Waxy lemons and lime cordial here give way to nutmeg and nougat. Full-bodied and dense with lots of ripe yet quite edgy pineapple and oranges. A flavorful, muscular white. Drink now. Rating: 91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2019)
A property of 14 hectares in Contrada Santo Spirito, Passopisciaro, on the northern slopes of Etna. 10 hectares are planted with vines on walled terraces on volcanic rocks between 600-800 metres altitude. The Costanzos came here in 2011 - they are from Catania - and meticulously restored the palmento (the word for the olive millstone which gave the farm its name). The vineyards are planted employing the ‘gobelet' method and farmed organically. The 2017’s are certified organic. This is an amazing new project which has been given all the investment and attention it needed to make great wines from the outset.
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