Wine of the Week: 2010 Vivera 'Salisire' Etna Bianco
Region & Country: Sicily, Italy
If you have never tried the delicious white wines from the Etna region of Sicily, now is the time to start. This one is deliciously crisp and focused with a distinct volcanic minerality.
The 2010 Vivera 'Salisire' Etna Bianco, made from the local Carricante grape variety, is an excellent example of the high quality wines being made in the region. It's a longtime favorite in our house. Pale lemony in color with a distinctive and focused mineral nose, it's flinty with notes of lemon curd, ruby grapefruit, wet stones and delicate background nuances of dried herbs. Bright, crisp and refreshing on the palate with a strong spine of crisp acidity, the minerality follows through all across the palate with well-defined bright, lively flavors similar to the nose. Lovely long length and minerally finish.
At the Table: We’ve served this wine with numerous dishes and can vouch for its versatility at the table. It is a wonderful partner to fish, especially firmer fish such as swordfish, halibut, salmon and mackerel. It also works superbly with freshly shucked oysters.
About Etna Bianco, Carricante grape, Vivera and this 2010 Salisire: Vivera, established in 2002 is situated on the northeast side of Mount Etna in Sicily. Today the estate’s grapes are cultivated organically. This wine is made 100% from the Carricante grape, a local, ancient white variety cultivated on the slopes of the volcanic Mouth Etna. The 2010 Vivera 'Salisire' was aged on its lees after fermentation, before bottling to add texture and palate weight. Enjoy!
(Image: Mary Gorman-McAdams)