Benanti

Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso Nerello Blend

8.933 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Pale to medium ruby. A shy nose with some florals and with air, pastille cherry and herbs. A little sweeter than the 2012 Benanti Contessa we had 2 days ago. Light to medium bodied with sandy minerally tannins.

Pale to medium ruby. A shy nose with some florals and with air, pastille cherry and herbs. A little sweeter than the 2012 Benanti Contessa we had 2 days ago. Light to medium bodied with sandy minerally tannins.

Nov 18th, 2018
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.2

Bottle Barn staff pics never a let down.

Bottle Barn staff pics never a let down.

Feb 11th, 2018
Mark Morgan

A bit young ‘n brash, but tasty

A bit young ‘n brash, but tasty

Dec 22nd, 2017
Ely Cohn

This is an outstanding wine from Etna Rosso. It has a lucid ruby brick color with perfumes of black tar, rose petals, and a cool mossy tarp covering black berries. Light, but sneaky tannins and still elegant - like Etna’s answer to Nebbiolo. The texture is seriously velvety, medium bodied, with lots of acid. A firm structure built on volcanic minerality, balanced fruit, and well integrated acidity. For $25 this wine drinks at twice it’s value in Piedmont.

This is an outstanding wine from Etna Rosso. It has a lucid ruby brick color with perfumes of black tar, rose petals, and a cool mossy tarp covering black berries. Light, but sneaky tannins and still elegant - like Etna’s answer to Nebbiolo. The texture is seriously velvety, medium bodied, with lots of acid. A firm structure built on volcanic minerality, balanced fruit, and well integrated acidity. For $25 this wine drinks at twice it’s value in Piedmont.

1 person found it helpfulAug 20th, 2018
Brad Hemmer

Beautiful light color, mineral, earthiness, red fruit, nice texture and finish.

Beautiful light color, mineral, earthiness, red fruit, nice texture and finish.

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2018
Arden Barnett

Beautiful light red color in the glass. Spices, cherries and a slight musk fill the nose. On the palate you’re initially hit with freshly shaved graphite, a punch of tart cherry juice and a hint of licorice. Mid palate and finish remind me of the fresh cranberry sauce I like to make for Thanksgiving dinner... acidic and tart but just the right amount of sweetness to balance everything out. Volcanic soil gives this wine quite a grippy texture with a fairly tannic finish. Nerello Mascalese dominant wines have been a favorite of mine over the last year, and this bottle is up there as one of my favorites for the money. This bottle particularly tastes almost like a cross of Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. Pronounced tannic structure of a Nebbiolo but the mystical gracefulness of a nice light bodied Pinot.

Beautiful light red color in the glass. Spices, cherries and a slight musk fill the nose. On the palate you’re initially hit with freshly shaved graphite, a punch of tart cherry juice and a hint of licorice. Mid palate and finish remind me of the fresh cranberry sauce I like to make for Thanksgiving dinner... acidic and tart but just the right amount of sweetness to balance everything out. Volcanic soil gives this wine quite a grippy texture with a fairly tannic finish. Nerello Mascalese dominant wines have been a favorite of mine over the last year, and this bottle is up there as one of my favorites for the money. This bottle particularly tastes almost like a cross of Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. Pronounced tannic structure of a Nebbiolo but the mystical gracefulness of a nice light bodied Pinot.

Aug 8th, 2019
Devin Bostick

Nice sweet cherry, almost a sweet dessert smell, cherry sorrel taste with a nice chalk, nice magenta, the body comes in and leaves a long pleasant fruit balance and stays through a unique sweetness, tannin acid balance is wonderful and dances

Nice sweet cherry, almost a sweet dessert smell, cherry sorrel taste with a nice chalk, nice magenta, the body comes in and leaves a long pleasant fruit balance and stays through a unique sweetness, tannin acid balance is wonderful and dances

Sep 22nd, 2018
Kathleen Duffy

Facile à boire. Light.

Facile à boire. Light.

May 27th, 2018
Kristina Yotive

2015 not my style

2015 not my style

Apr 23rd, 2018
Makena Riendeau

So light and lovely

So light and lovely

Apr 6th, 2018