Erse Etna Bianco DOC 2016

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Erse is named after the Greek goddess of dew as a fitting tribute to the time of day when Mt. Etna's dew-kissed vineyards are the most picturesque. Erse is made from a blend of Carricante and indigenous grape varieties, Minnella and Catarratto, grown in the ancient volcanic soils of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Fermentation and aging are both carried out in stainless, granting the grapes a fresh primary fruit and racy minerality of this unique terroir.

Tasting Notes

Straw-yellow with green hues, this wine is delicate and elegant with crisp aromas of pear and hay. A savory, saline note underpins the drinking experience and vibrant acidity keeps the wine enormously refreshing. Expect a long, textural finish.

Food Pairing

Pair with taglierini with  asparagus, yellow pepper soup, and clam sauté.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Cavaliere, Caselle, Rinazzo, and Volpare
Vineyard size:
6 acres
Soil composition:
Volcanic Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
2,970-3,300 feet
Vines/acre:
2,400
Yield/acre:
2.8 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1920-1970
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2012
Bottles produced of this wine:
6,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
80% Carricante, 20% Catarratto and Minnella
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
54-57 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
2-4 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
9 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months

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