Valenti 'Enrico IV' Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy, 2015 (CARRICANTE)
Overview of the Wine
The wine story begins in the 1970s. Giovanni was an executive with Stock di Trieste and was accompanying a film crew covering the Festa dell’Etna, a very large bacchanalian fest in Linguaglossa, near the town of Passopisciaro in Sicily. Although Giovanni was a well versed wine drinker, he really did not know the fine wines of the Etna region. After their film shoot, the group was offered some well-aged Nerello Mascalese from barrel. As the saying goes, it was love at first sip! Giovanni vowed then that someday he would produce a wine of this quality and show the world that Etna, too, could make great wine. At the time, little recognition was bestowed upon this tiny appellation and Giovanni wanted to prove the potential for the greatness that Etna had to offer.
Fast forward thirty years and Giovanni Valenti was ready for a second career. Alessandro was now an experienced marketer and was excited about the opportunity to work with his father. Both loved wine. To put the Valenti name on a winery and try to become one the regions finest producers would be a dream come true for both Giovanni and Alessandro.
Grape / Blend
Tropical and Balanced. Made from Carricante grapes; vine age – planted 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015; grown on soils of black volcanic and tan volcanic. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged in stainless steel and in the bottle. Aged for 8 months in the stainless steel and 3 months in the bottle.