Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wine of the Week - Wiegner Winery "Elisena" Bianco @Wiegner_Winery

Our wine of the week is Wiegner Winery's "Elisena" Bianco - a 100% Fiano from the volcanic hills of Mount Etna in Sicily.

Writing for Wine Enthusiast, Kerin O'Keefe says of the 2012 vintage: "Intriguing aromas of Spanish broom, hay, mature pear and dried Mediterranean herb carry over to the palate along with green apple and dill. It's balanced and fresh, with a mineral-driven finish."

Sicily, a wine growing region since ancient history, has had a resurgence of quality since the late 1990s, with winemakers embracing indigenous grape varieties and exploring new areas for growing. One such area that is showing great promise is Mount Etna. On the higher slopes, with volcanic soil and high altitudes, the hope is that wines of distinction can be made. At the beginning of Mount Etna’s rise to prominence, Peter Weigner moved to Sicily and purchased multiple vineyards within the Contrada Marchesa and Contrada Rampante apellations. Thriving off the unique climatic conditions that come with living on the hills below a volcano Wiegner produces wines made from Nerello Mascalese, Fiano, Cabernet Franc and Aglianico.

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