Graci Etna Bianco 2021
"Aromas of lemon peel, white pears, flint, oyster shells and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with a fresh and saline palate. Crisp, mineral and lemony finish. 85% carricante and 15% catarratto. Drink now." James Suckling 91 points Drink 2023-25
A classic white wine from volcanic soils, the 2021 Etna Bianco (made with 85% Carricante and 15% Catarratto in stainless steel only) shows tropical tones and lots of fresh citrus, all followed by salty mineral nuances. The wine is sharp and precise, with a little extra volume on the mid-palate in this vintage. Production is 30,000 bottles.
The 2021 Etna Bianco keeps me swirling and at the edge of the glass, opening at first with an understated blend of raw almond and yellow apple, yet deepening over time, as spicy floral tones and hints of young kiwi come to the fore. While silky and pliant upon entry, a wave of saline-tinged orchard fruits floods the palate, carried by zesty acidity, which leaves a mouthwatering tension toward the close. The 2021 tapers off perfumed, with medium length and a bitter taste that keeps me looking back to the glass for another sip. The Etna Bianco is a blend of 70% Carricante and 30% Catarratto.