2017 I Vigneri ‘Caselle Vigna di Milo’ Carricante
Salvo Foti is Mt Etna, there is no comparison. Without him there is no modern wine industry in the region - whether producing the wines that put Etna on the vinous map, or offering a helping hand to bring other talented characters onto the volcano. His own estate’s output continues to define the top tier of Sicilian wine. This is the intellectual’s Etna winemaker.
100% Carricante from the Palmento Caselle vineyard in Milo which faces due east and is partly made up of ancient un-grafted vines. This is Etna Bianco at its finest, terroir driven and unadulterated - bringing to mind elements of many of the world’s great white wines but at the same time having no direct comparison. White fruited, razor sharp and chalky with serious power and texture. If only more Carricante could look like this.