Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. Carricante has been growing on the slopes around the ancient stratovolcano Mt. Etna for centuries. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC.

Etna’s volcanic soils and altitude infuse Carricante with racy minerality, pure aromas of lemon, and a tensile structure. The vine Carricante vinified alone gives a particularly fine wine, of straw yellow colour with green highlights. Blended with other grapes, Carricante gives finesse and softness to the wine. It is often used in blends with Catarratto, Ansonica, Minnella or with red grapes. Carricante wines have excellent ageing potential from 5-10 years.

The Arcuria Etna Bianco 2016 from Azienda Agricola Graci represents a great example to discover Carricante based wines. Made with a blend of 70% Carricante and 30% Catarratto, the Arcuria Etna Bianco 2016 is a very special white wine with a ferocious presence of volcanic minerals. On the nose it offers spicy apples and pears, sliced grapefruit and pomelo with hints of herbs. Medium body, a fairly textured palate, fresh acidity and a fruity beautifully polished finish. It’s an exciting wine that is wonderful with fish, seafood pastas and white meats.

Critic scores: WE 92, WA 91                

Amsterdam, January 22nd 2020