2019 Etnella Attia Bianco Chasselas
Region: Mt. Etna < Sicily < Italy
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic/biodynamic farming, 70-year old vines on black, rocky, volcanic soil; whole cluster press, 4 days on skins, bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added SO2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Minella Bianca
NEW VINTAGE ALERT! This salty orange fan favorite from Mt. Etna is back!
High on the slopes of Mount Etna, Davide Bentivegna grows 4 hectares of vines for his Etnella winery, alongside olives with which he makes three "crus' of EVOO, and fruit trees for his famous jams.
Attia is David's skin-macerated white wine, this vintage coming from old-vine Chasselas, a French/Swiss varietal that grows in his vineyard in Passopisciaro, spitting distance from mighty Etna's active lava flows. Savory and salty like the sea, this wine (technically in the "orange" category) is light-bodied, richly textured and full of character. Like all wines of Etna, you get an intense mineral concentration, but unlike most Sicilian wines (known for their warmth and generosity, like the Sicilian people) Attia is almost shy, without the alcoholic exuberance and lush fruit one typically finds on the island. Tastes a bit like crushed Sweet Tarts, sprinkled with chili and sea salt. Drink with sushi, crudo or practically any seafood.