The wines of Mount Etna, the only continuously active volcano on the island, have been the first wave of bottles to put Sicily on the map for sommeliers and casual wine drinkers alike. Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s entry level Etna Rosso along with their single vineyard bottlings are now both ubiquitous in New York City, thanks Eric Asimov’s praise for the wines year after year. I’ve always bought the hype behind Etna Rosso, but I’ve never been quite as impressed with the whites from this stunning landscape… until now, that is. This organically-farmed blend of Carricante and Catarratto is aged in stainless steel, but aged on its lees, which ultimately provides the wine a creaminess that is balanced ever so well by its naturally high acidity. Smoked blue fish pâté and a bottle of this? I don’t see why not! Nashville hot chicken and waffle fries? Bring it on – and please bring that over, we’re open until ten.
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