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The Carricante Grape


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About Carricante

(Synonyms: Catanese Bianco.)

Background

Map showing Sicily

Carricante is a white-wine grape originating in and still mainly from Sicily, where the vines grow on the eastern slopes of the famous volcano, Mt. Etna.

While Carricante is often blended with Catarratto to make the famed Etna Bianco blend, it can and does make fine monovarietal wines as well (though those are usually also bottled as “Etna Bianco” even when 100% Carricante). Those wines are well thought of; they typically have refreshing levels of acidity, good, strong minerailty, and a nose redolent of fruits—some citrus, like orange, some white fruits, and over all some light herbal qualities. Sometimes, especially in young bottlings, there is a sort of honeyed quality as well.

Note that by Italian law an “Etna Bianco” wine must be at least 60% Carricante but can be more, up to 100%; but an “Etna Bianco Superiore” must be at least 80% (and the grapes must come from the town of Milo).

Factoid: Carricante actually has its own dedicated web site.

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Some Descriptions of Carricante Wines

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Some Carricantes to Try

(About this list.)

Monovarietal Carricantes are not widely available in the U.S. market; here are those with reasonable availability.


Tascante “Buonora” Etna Bianco
(Typically 100% Carricante)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Barone di Villagrande Etna Bianco Superiore
(Typically 90% Carricante.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Tornatore Etna Bianco
(This is not their “Pietrarizzo” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Carricante wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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