I attended a trade tasting the other day for a lovely company called Indigenous Selections. For a portfolio of Italian wines known best for its Piemontese and Tuscan options, lead by La Spinetta and Ciacci Piccolomini, I was surprised and excited to find a new winery in the fold: Bonaccorsi’s Val Cerasa wines from Etna in Sicily.
This Etna Bianco is made from Carricante grapes grown in a small vineyard tended on the south side of the volcano. Bonaccorsi’s Etna Bianco is shockingly unctious, rich and full of ripe Bosc pears, honey, baked apples… it’s simply a Sicilian seduction in a glass. The aromatics are all spicy minerality, laced with lemon freshness. It’s a stunning wine from a new producer sure to be a great success in the US market.
Bonaccorsi is the product of Dr. Vincenzo Bonaccorsi’s home wine making practices. For years he made wines from the small family estate. Eventually his daughter Alice Bonnacorsi took over and started to expand the wine making production, furthering the family’s news tradition as leading winemakers on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Etna is such a fantastic example of why Italy’s pantheon of wines will always be endlessly spellbinding. This one tiny region is a singular terroir of island-mountain wines: high altitudes, ashy, mineral-rich volcanic soils and huge temperature swings. I am generally fascinated by Etna wines, but when it comes to Bonaccorsi, I am truly in love.