2011 Benanti Serra della Contessa Etna Rosso

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94 points Wine Enthusiast
*Editors' Choice* This gorgeous wine opens with fragrances of blue flower, moist earth, leather and ripe berry. The delicious palate delivers succulent black cherry, cinnamon, white pepper and balsamic herbs alongside smooth, silky tannins. It’s already delicious now, but hold for complexity. (KO) 

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa steals the show among this line-up of new vintages from Benanti. This iconic Etna red doesn't always live up to its landmark reputation, but this vintage is spot-on. The intensity and the clarity of the bouquet is the first thing you notice. It reveals linear and tight aromas of dried cherry, licorice, crushed stone and balsam herb. The wine delivers these characteristics with the upmost grace and elegance. It promises a long cellar evolution ahead. Monte Serre is the name of the vineyard in the Viagrande township. (ML) 

92 points James Suckling
A red with very silky tannins that give it tension and form. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and a fresh, clean finish. Another excellent single-vineyard wine from Benanti. 

91 points Vinous
Deep red. Brooding nose hints at red cherry, potpourri, mint and minerals. Fresh, juicy and penetrating, showing bright saline lift to the red berry and underbrush notes. Finishes long and bright, with repeating herbal and saline notes. (ID)