2017 Etna Bianco Archineri, Pietradolce, Sicily, Italy
"The 2017 Etna Bianco Archineri shows a mild and subtle bouquet with distant tones of crushed mineral followed by dried citrus, white apricot and dried sage. That subtle personality grows with time, and the wine needs a little extra time to open. It goes from citrus and grapefruit to crushed stone, yellow rose and honeysuckle. The finish is lean but zesty and crisp. Old vines are used to make this wine, some as old as 130 years old. Only 3,000 bottles were produced." Monica Larner, 92 Points, Drink 2018-24.
"Quite a subtle Etna white, and all the more appealing because of that. The nose suggest white stones, blossoms, lime and freshly squeezed lemons. The palate shows real focus and intensity, which isn’t that common in 2017. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a medium-long finish. 100% carricante." James Suckling
Established in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna, Pietradolce has become one of the finest wine producers from Sicily in a very short time. Their flagship , an Etna Rosso wine called Vigna Barbagalli, has already received 100 points from James Suckling. There are 11 hectares of vineyards at the Pietradolce winery, between 600-900 feet above sea, with three plots spanning two different territories (Rampante and Zottorinoto).