SRC Etna Bianco
I was just able to get a few of these in, as my love affair with Sicily, Mt Etna and real wine continues.
80% Carricante, 20% Gracanico 12.5%abv
super traditional, 12 hour maceration with the skins and then fermented for 6 months.
"A medium bodied, hazy straw yellow wine. The palate is characterized by a typical mineral note, accompanied by an agile freshness, a saline texture and a vibrant and frank taste, which fills scents of Sicilian lemons, Mediterranean herbs, mineral notes, white flowers, and a saltiness from the sea"
SRC is a small family operation located on the famous northern slopes of Mt. Etna on the island of Sicily, and takes its name from the first initials of Rori and Cinzia, and their daughter Sandra. As a double meaning, when you say the words SRC together, it sounds like the Italian phrase 'essence' meaning: 'We are here.' The wildly active volcano has given the planet a remarkable place for unique, alive, and stunningly world-class wines. SRC began in 2013 with a small production of 3,000 bottles, and has steadily grown year-by-year while respecting their craftsmanship - creating five wines from about 17 hectares of Contrada (sites) between Solicchiata and Randazzo. The high elevation and steep slopes of Etna are full of tiny plots of terraced vines, fueled by fresh and rejuvenated volcanic soils that create truly one of a kind grapes, that arguably taste of its place more than anywhere in the world. The estate vines are located in 5 distinct districts: Crasà, Calderara, Rivaggi, Barbabecchi, and Pirao; all of which offer a unique quality to these biodynamically farmed indigenous varieties, with management of wild herbs and the help of local sheep. In the cellar, natural and slow fermentations, minimal intervention, old large barrels, and no sulfur use, create a small range of inspiring and delicious Etna wine.