Benanti Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore 2011
If you want to truly understand the influence Mount Etna has on the white grapes growing on her slopes, there's no better teacher than Benanti's Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore. It' all about the minerality, baby.
The 2011 vintage has subtle honeydew melon and lemon on the nose, but it's the unmistakable notes of flint and black ash that speak loudly from the glass. On the palate you'll find a complex melange of white peaches, lemons, hints of almonds and that intense Etna minerality. This is one savory wine.
I'd pair Pietra Marina with grilled & roasted fish dishes, ideally meaty ones like monkfish, tuna or swordfish. The minerality of Pietra Marina goes wonderfully with steamed clams & mussels, or pair it up with steamed lobster. Pietramarina also goes nicely with hard sheep's milk cheeses like Pecorino.
I've tasted Antonio Benanti's wines in his cantina, and I love them. I source this beauty from fellow Italian wine fanatic & importer Cristian Valbruzzoli over at Lyra Wine in San Francisco, so you have my assurance that these bottles have been handled with great care.
I have a limited number of 2011 bottles left — Pick some up and enjoy while you can. You can also lay them down for a while, Antonio's Pietra Marina should age nicely.
Bottle Size: 750ml