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Benanti

Sicily (Italy)


Wines Reviewed: 10
Average Score:

Edèlmio 2000 Edèlmio 2000
Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina 1998 Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina 1998
Etna Rosso Rovittello 1999 Etna Rosso Rovittello 1999
Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa 1999 Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa 1999
Lamorèmio 1999 Lamorèmio 1999
Minnella 2002 Minnella 2002
Nerello Cappuccio 1999 Nerello Cappuccio 1999
Nerello Mascalese 1999 Nerello Mascalese 1999
Nero d'Avola 1999 Nero d'Avola 1999
Passito di Pantelleria Coste di Mueggen 1999 Passito di Pantelleria Coste di Mueggen 1999



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Edèlmio 2000, Benanti (Italy)

Edèlmio 2000

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Carricante (50%), Chardonnay (50%)
White Wine White Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

(Sicily) The wine shows a pale straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with an evident aroma of wood followed by aromas of hawthorn, pear, apple, pineapple, broom, lemon and plum. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, pear, plum and toasted wood. Edèlmio ferments in barrique and ages in the same barrique for about one year followed by an aging in bottle of at least six months.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted fish, Broiled fish, Sauteed white meat

Suggested glass Bodied and Mature White Wines 11 °C
(51 °F)
(Bodied and Mature White Wines)

December 2003



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Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina 1998, Benanti (Italy)

Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina 1998

Benanti (Italy)

Etna (Sicily)
Carricante
White Wine White Wine Score:

Etna (Sicily) The wine shows a pale straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of hawthorn, apple and pear followed by good aromas of pineapple, broom, white melon and pleasing hints of honey of orange blossoms and hazelnut. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack however well balances by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, pineapple and a pleasing crisp hint. Pietramarina ages in tanks for at least one year followed by five months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Roasted fish, Fish soups, Pasta and risotto with fish

Suggested glass Bodied and Mature White Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Bodied and Mature White Wines)

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Etna Rosso Rovittello 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Etna Rosso Rovittello 1999

Benanti (Italy)

Etna (Sicily)
Nerello Mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio (20%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Etna (Sicily) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of black cherry and violet followed by aromas of raspberry, plum, vanilla and pleasing hints of carob and licorice. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack however balanced, intense flavors, good body. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, raspberry and black cherry. Rovittello ages for 12-18 months in cask followed by an aging in bottle for at least 6-8 months.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted meat, Braised meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 17 °C
(62 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

December 2003



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Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa 1999

Benanti (Italy)

Etna (Sicily)
Nerello Mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio (20%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

Etna (Sicily) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas that start with hints of black cherry, plum and raspberry followed by good aromas of blueberry, black pepper, violet, vanilla, licorice and a pleasing hint of cinchona. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, black cherry and raspberry. A well made wine. Serra della Contessa ages for more than one year in barrique followed by an aging in bottle of 12 months.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Game, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

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Lamorèmio 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Lamorèmio 1999

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Nerello Mascalese (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Nero d'Avola (33%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Sicily) This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose denotes good personality with intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with aromas of black cherry, plum and blueberry followed by good aromas of violet, black pepper, licorice, toasted wood, vanilla and hints of cocoa. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack which slightly prevails, however balanced, full body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry. A well made wine that will give its best with further aging. Lamorèmio ages for at least 18 months in barrique followed by at least 10 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Game, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

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Minnella 2002, Benanti (Italy)

Minnella 2002

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Minnella
White Wine White Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

(Sicily) The wine shows a pale straw yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and elegant aromas which start with hints of pear and hawthorn followed by aromas of pineapple, banana, broom, apple, peach and plum. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp and pleasing round attack however balanced, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, pear and peach.

Alcohol: 13%

Vegetables soups, Risotto and pasta with mushrooms, Fried vegetables, Sauteed fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

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Nerello Cappuccio 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Nerello Cappuccio 1999

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Nerello Cappuccio
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

(Sicily) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of black cherry jam, plum jam and toasted wood followed by aromas of carob, blueberry, dried violet, licorice and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasingly crisp however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum jam and blueberry.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Broiled meat and barbecue, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

December 2003



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Nerello Mascalese 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Nerello Mascalese 1999

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Nerello Mascalese
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Sicily) This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and vanilla followed by good aromas of carob, blueberry, plum, tobacco, licorice and a pleasing hint of clove. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with good flavors of plum, blackberry and black cherry.

Alcohol: 14%

Braised and stewed meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat, Game, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

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Nero d'Avola 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Nero d'Avola 1999

Benanti (Italy)

(Sicily)
Nero d'Avola
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Sicily) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and elegant aromas that start with hints of black cherry and plum followed by good aromas of carob, blueberry, violet, vanilla, toasted wood, tobacco and hints of caramel. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry.

Alcohol: 14%

Braised and stewed meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat, Game, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

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Passito di Pantelleria Coste di Mueggen 1999, Benanti (Italy)

Passito di Pantelleria Coste di Mueggen 1999

Benanti (Italy)

Moscato di Pantelleria (Sicily)
Zibibbo
Sweet Wine Sweet Wine Score:

Moscato di Pantelleria (Sicily) The wine shows an intense amber yellow color and nuances of amber yellow, transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of raisin, dried apricot and dried fig followed by aromas of caramel, peach jam, date, orange marmalade. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a sweet and round attack however balanced, good sweetness, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of dried fig, orange marmalade and date. Coste di Mueggen is aged in bottle for at least 6 months.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Confectionery, Desserts with dried fruit and jams, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Sweet Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Sweet Wines)

December 2003


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