Carricante is a white variety native to Mount Etna and in a very small quantity in eastern Sicily. The name was supposedly given by viticulturists of Viagrande (Catania) who selected it several hundred years ago. This vine falls into the category of recognized “Etna Whites.” Its cultivation is widespread in the region of Etna where yields are greatest, with only a small quantity cultivated alongside other varieties in the provinces of Caltagirone and Ragusa.
Beautiful golden straw in color. Not extremely forward or exotic on the aromatics — a bit subdued on the nose. On the palate, this wine shows beautiful grapefruit and citrus, apple components with some butter and almonds. Really nice minerality with great weight, balance and acidity with a crisp finish.
This is a good value at about $18 a bottle — and just a very enjoyable, food friendly wine. Recommended.