Benanti

Serra della Contessa Etna Rosso Nerello Blend

9.2188 ratings
9.254 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Blend
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Mid to pale ruby in colour with a tawny edge. A shy nose and palate to begin with showing earthiness minerality and savoury cherry. Hint of lavender with time. Ultra fine savoury tannins. Very much an Italian Burgundy - very elegant. Could do with a little more mid palate power. Better than the first bottle of the 6 I bought which showed signs of Brett. Notes previously on Delectable.

Mid to pale ruby in colour with a tawny edge. A shy nose and palate to begin with showing earthiness minerality and savoury cherry. Hint of lavender with time. Ultra fine savoury tannins. Very much an Italian Burgundy - very elegant. Could do with a little more mid palate power. Better than the first bottle of the 6 I bought which showed signs of Brett. Notes previously on Delectable.

Nov 14th, 2018
Kenny Baldridge

One of my favorites at the dinner.

One of my favorites at the dinner.

Aug 1st, 2018
Andrew Lohse

Elegant light red fruit. Rhubarb. Herbs - strawberry. Violet. Mineral.

Elegant light red fruit. Rhubarb. Herbs - strawberry. Violet. Mineral.

Nov 10th, 2017
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

Tasting group headed to Sicily next year. The homework starts.

Tasting group headed to Sicily next year. The homework starts.

1 person found it helpfulJun 18th, 2017
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.4

Loved it again.

Loved it again.

1 person found it helpfulMay 21st, 2017
Dylan York

2004 Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso - elegant and complex smoky sage driven red cherry and ash. Developing nicely over a 2 hour period. Paired well with several courses - crispy risotto with porcini and saffron, fresh spaghetti with tomato and basil and beef filet with jus and vegetables.

2004 Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso - elegant and complex smoky sage driven red cherry and ash. Developing nicely over a 2 hour period. Paired well with several courses - crispy risotto with porcini and saffron, fresh spaghetti with tomato and basil and beef filet with jus and vegetables.

1 person found it helpfulJul 25th, 2015
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.3

Very light color. Delicious. Evolved, dried cherries and earth. Perfumed. Savory. Unity.

Very light color. Delicious. Evolved, dried cherries and earth. Perfumed. Savory. Unity.

Apr 7th, 2017
Alberto Cdm

Vino ottimo da 95 punti ma... il cabernet che ci è finito dentro per caso?!? Azzo! Troppo evidente. Comunque come vino è buonissimo. Come nerello è inopportuno.

Vino ottimo da 95 punti ma... il cabernet che ci è finito dentro per caso?!? Azzo! Troppo evidente. Comunque come vino è buonissimo. Come nerello è inopportuno.

Mar 8th, 2017
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.4

Pretty impressive, could hold a candle to many great burgundies!

Pretty impressive, could hold a candle to many great burgundies!

Oct 12th, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

One of the marquis producers on Mount Etna, Benanti's Stella della Contessa is their flagship red, made mostly of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and the rest Nerello Cappuccio. This has some age being a 2004, but still shows plenty of fruitful youth with a dose.of tertiary. Drink this now but it should round out with another 2-3 years of age. Plenty of fruit, the tannins are fully integrated and silky. There is a slight bitter note that sticks out, and not exactly like a ripe blood orange, it reminds me more of menthol. #etna #sicily #benanti

One of the marquis producers on Mount Etna, Benanti's Stella della Contessa is their flagship red, made mostly of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and the rest Nerello Cappuccio. This has some age being a 2004, but still shows plenty of fruitful youth with a dose.of tertiary. Drink this now but it should round out with another 2-3 years of age. Plenty of fruit, the tannins are fully integrated and silky. There is a slight bitter note that sticks out, and not exactly like a ripe blood orange, it reminds me more of menthol. #etna #sicily #benanti

Sep 16th, 2016