2006 Benanti Serra della Contessa Etna Rosso
94 points Wine Enthusiast
**Cellar Selection** A stellar, superb wine that embodies all the grace, power and charm of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily. This highly unique and distinctive territory has shaped an elegant expression of Nerello Mascalese (with 20% Nerello Cappuccio) offering aromas of wild berry set against delicately toasted pistachio nut. In the mouth, the wine is silky, compact and very persistent.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa shows terrific energy and vibrancy in its dark fruit. Medium in body, the Serra della Contessa impresses for its balance and finesse. Flowers, spices, French oak and a burst of red berries inform the long, round finish. Serra della Contessa is Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio from vines that are over 100 years old. Anticipated maturity:
91 points Wine & Spirits
This centenarian vineyard, including a portion of ungrafted vines, is in Monte Serra, on the eastern side of Etna at 1,600 feet. The old vines and relatively lower altitude contribute to this wine’s saturated fruit, matching sweet cherry ripeness with a deep umami character. There’s an initial, resinous bitterness that relents with air, turning toward black truffle, porcini and persimmon notes. This needs further bottle age, or fatty braised pork shoulder to bring the tannins in line. Tradizione Imports, NY
90 points James Suckling
Ripe fruit with hints of cherry jam turns to flowers and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with bright acidity and a fresh and clean finish. Fresh and clean. Drink now.