Benanti

Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso Nerello Blend

9.120 ratings
9.03 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

This Sicilian wine smells and tastes like Burgundy with a volcano. The nose carries earthy-yet-floral notes on a mineral base. The palate is not like Pinot Noir, but not like Sangiovese, either. It paired much better with the involtini than it did with the tomato sauce spaghetti. I guess the grape blend - Nerellos Mascalese and Cappuccio - like eggplant better. It showed a bit of brown around the edge, not something you see often in a young wine.

This Sicilian wine smells and tastes like Burgundy with a volcano. The nose carries earthy-yet-floral notes on a mineral base. The palate is not like Pinot Noir, but not like Sangiovese, either. It paired much better with the involtini than it did with the tomato sauce spaghetti. I guess the grape blend - Nerellos Mascalese and Cappuccio - like eggplant better. It showed a bit of brown around the edge, not something you see often in a young wine.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2019
Brian Andrews

Agree with most of the comments. Easy to drink light in body and structure. Reminds me of an Oregon Pinot that has balance and earthiness. But it’s distinct enough to differ from a burgundy and Pinot Noir. Very good. Pairs well with poultry and fish.

Agree with most of the comments. Easy to drink light in body and structure. Reminds me of an Oregon Pinot that has balance and earthiness. But it’s distinct enough to differ from a burgundy and Pinot Noir. Very good. Pairs well with poultry and fish.

Oct 28th, 2020
Brian Grech

Reminiscent of Valtellina. Light body with a touch of volcanic earthiness. I could drink this often. Would be good with poultry

Reminiscent of Valtellina. Light body with a touch of volcanic earthiness. I could drink this often. Would be good with poultry

May 6th, 2020
Carter White

Light body, balanced acidity/tannin, and very flavorful. Interesting and complex with tart cherry combines with a dusty/gravelly character from the volcanic soil. A bit funky at first but that blew off. Nice.

Light body, balanced acidity/tannin, and very flavorful. Interesting and complex with tart cherry combines with a dusty/gravelly character from the volcanic soil. A bit funky at first but that blew off. Nice.

Dec 31st, 2019
Julie Obermeyer

Peppery finish. Refined structure.

Peppery finish. Refined structure.

Sep 19th, 2019
Julie Obermeyer

Lovely wine. A bit lemony. High acid. Long finish.

Lovely wine. A bit lemony. High acid. Long finish.

Sep 19th, 2019
Brendan Baker

Sour cherry, garrigue, lighter bodied and balanced

Sour cherry, garrigue, lighter bodied and balanced

Aug 4th, 2019
Liz O'Neal

Light body with extremely high acid. Incredibly earthy - like volcanic soil in your mouth

Light body with extremely high acid. Incredibly earthy - like volcanic soil in your mouth

Jul 7th, 2019
Johan Larsson

Owner/Sommelier tapasbar

8.9

Johan had this a year ago

Johan had this a year ago

Dec 7th, 2019
Bob Bath

Master Sommelier & Educator CIA Greystone

9.0

Bob had this 2 years ago

Bob had this 2 years ago

Apr 21st, 2019