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#1 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 29th, 2019, 9:26 am

2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (4/28/2019)
I opened my first bottle of the Aeris several months ago, shortly after it arrived. It was aromatically interesting, but very closed in on the palate. I decided to wait 4-6 months, and open another bottle, so last night I did just that.

I drank this one from a different glass, the Grassl Glass Mineralite. I have found that it shows aromatics quite well, and is pretty even with other glasses for palate expression. It certainly did the trick on the aromatics, which were similar to the prior bottle (lime, hay, some stony elements, and a touch of reduction). I did find better palate delineation this time. The wine did not seem so closed or heavy. It still had good depth, and it was more lively/agile on the palate.

I don't have enough experience with this type of wine to make any predictions about overall aging, but the improvement over the last several months indicates that some short term cellaring could be beneficial, and certainly not harmful. There's plenty of depth to allow for a short nap, to see what might going on in another 12-24 months.

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#2 Post by TomHill » April 29th, 2019, 9:37 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 9:26 am
2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (4/28/2019)
I opened my first bottle of the Aeris several months ago, shortly after it arrived. It was aromatically interesting, but very closed in on the palate. I decided to wait 4-6 months, and open another bottle, so last night I did just that.

I drank this one from a different glass, the Grassl Glass Mineralite. I have found that it shows aromatics quite well, and is pretty even with other glasses for palate expression. It certainly did the trick on the aromatics, which were similar to the prior bottle (lime, hay, some stony elements, and a touch of reduction). I did find better palate delineation this time. The wine did not seem so closed or heavy. It still had good depth, and it was more lively/agile on the palate.

I don't have enough experience with this type of wine to make any predictions about overall aging, but the improvement over the last several months indicates that some short term cellaring could be beneficial, and certainly not harmful. There's plenty of depth to allow for a short nap, to see what might going on in another 12-24 months.

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Yup, David. Had this back in Nov:
Tom/Nov2018 wrote:1. Aeris EtnaBianco Superiore Carricante (12.2%) I.Vigneri/Ragusa; Impt: RhysVnyd/LosGatos 2014: Med.gold
color; very strong mineral/chalky/perfumed talc/saline strong pear/ripe peach/bit floral/carnations
slight raw turkey meat bit angel food cake/spicy very aromatic complex nose; quite tart/tangy/bracing
acid rather saline/savory/bit metallic strong perfumed talc/chalky/mineral some ripe peach/pear/floral
lovely bracing/electric flavor; very long tart/tangy/acidic strong perfumed talc/chalky/mineral slight
metallic quite savory/saline bit floral/ripe pear/peach finish; an absolutely electrifying wine not
unlike sticking your finger into a 110Volt socket and feeling that shock vibrate thru the entirity of
your body, maybe even like a low-amperage electric chair; a bit like biting down on a strip of aluminum
foil between the fillings of your teeth; like any great wine there is often a little pain involved;
best Carricante I've ever had; bit pricey in the scheme of white wines at $59.00
I didn't want to like this wine because of the $60 price tag...but liked it a lot. Was pretty sure a yr's aging would help it quite a bit.
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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 29th, 2019, 9:47 am

I did not find the acidity to be nearly as energizing as you did.
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#4 Post by Brian King » April 29th, 2019, 10:22 am

David - good to hear. I tried one a couple of months after arrival and also found it curiously muted.. good to know my other bottle may be more enjoyable!

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#5 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » April 29th, 2019, 7:52 pm

I loved the one bottle I opened. Will be fun to follow my remaining bottles over the next several years.

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#6 Post by George Chadwick » April 29th, 2019, 11:47 pm

Brian King wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 10:22 am
David - good to hear. I tried one a couple of months after arrival and also found it curiously muted.. good to know my other bottle may be more enjoyable!
Brian I brought one to a party with several wine friends there and it was dull and flat but not cooked or corked. So I built a Carricante dinner around another bottle of this wine plus six or more Carricantes served blind. It was full and lively and complex but disjointed with youth. A much older bottle from the prior producer of the same vineyard was mindblowing.

So it needs ten years.

I still don't understand the muted dull first bottle.

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#7 Post by Kevin Sidders » April 30th, 2019, 3:56 am

Had my first bottle of this the other night and quite enjoyed it. Didn't take formal notes, but your description of "lime, hay and stone" resonates well. I am encouraged by others' notes and will look forward to holding on to the others for a few more years and seeing how they evolve.
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#8 Post by Ethan Abraham » April 30th, 2019, 4:09 am

Reading CT tasting notes it does seem like this wine turned a corner a few months ago. Recently had a bottle that was great. To me it had the flavor profile of a chard with the acidity and general mouthfeel of a Riesling.

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#9 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 30th, 2019, 6:51 am

It's great to see people enjoying this wine as much as I do. We plan to offer the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore soon.
Meanwhile, we have had some exciting developments for this grape in California. The 2017 Carricante grown on Centennial Mountian will be our first release of a California Carricante and we are extremely excited by the quality. In addition, we plan to offer a 2017 Aeris Centennial Mtn Bianco (100% Carricante also) for about $30/bottle.
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#10 Post by Peter Petersen » April 30th, 2019, 8:52 am

Kevin, What about Etna Rosso? Any plans for that?

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#11 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 30th, 2019, 10:42 am

Peter Petersen wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 8:52 am
Kevin, What about Etna Rosso? Any plans for that?
Peter,
Yes, we plan to offer one white (Etna Bianco Superiore 100% Carricante) and one red (Centenarios, from 100 yr old mixed Nerello Mascalese vines) from Sicily each year. Though our primary focus will be on these two grapes, plus Nebbiolo, grown in California. The rollout of the California bottlings will be slow. We know we have one chance to make a first impression and we are going to make sure that the first offerings of Aeris California will have the right impact.
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#12 Post by Alan Rath » April 30th, 2019, 10:54 am

Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 6:51 am
It's great to see people enjoying this wine as much as I do. We plan to offer the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore soon.
Meanwhile, we have had some exciting developments for this grape in California. The 2017 Carricante grown on Centennial Mountian will be our first release of a California Carricante and we are extremely excited by the quality. In addition, we plan to offer a 2017 Aeris Centennial Mtn Bianco (100% Carricante also) for about $30/bottle.
Kevin, just to clarify, those last last two sentences are describing the same wine, or two different wines?
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#13 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 30th, 2019, 10:58 am

Alan,
We are bottling two different California Carricante's from Centennial Mountain. One will be called Aeris Centennial Mtn Carricante and the other Aeris Centennial Mtn Bianco, both will be 100% Carricante. We haven't finalized pricing but the 2nd tier wine (Bianco) will be around $30/btl. We are extremely happy with both bottlings in 2017. Growing Carricante in CA seemed a little crazy (to most people) but I can't wait to show the wines.
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#14 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 30th, 2019, 11:04 am

Also, I should have noted that we will be pouring the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore at pickup day this Saturday.
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#15 Post by Markus S » April 30th, 2019, 11:12 am

Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Growing Carricante in CA seemed a little crazy...
Nor more than all the recent shout-outs here to California timarasso...
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#16 Post by T. Melloni » April 30th, 2019, 11:51 am

Thanks for the tasting notes - David and Tom.
I had quite a few Carricante wines when I visited Sicily a few years ago (the Cottanera Bianco stood out as a favorite). Many were blends, however.
So I am looking forward to tasting the Aeris.
It will be interesting to see, with the suggestive element from Tom's note, if I find aromas of "raw turkey meat bit angel food cake."
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#17 Post by TomHill » April 30th, 2019, 12:06 pm

Markus S wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:12 am
Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Growing Carricante in CA seemed a little crazy...
Nor more than all the recent shout-outs here to California timarasso...
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#18 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 30th, 2019, 12:07 pm

T. Melloni wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:51 am
I had quite a few Carricante wines when I visited Sicily a few years ago... Many were blends, however.
T.,
You make a very important point about the blends. There is actually very little true Carricante on Etna. I talk to many people who believe they have tried Carricante when they tasted an Etna Bianco but there is likely to be little Carricante in most Etna Biancos.
IMO, Carricante is one of the world's greatest white wine grapes but Cataratto, Minella and Grecanico (which comprise the majority of Etna Bianco bottled) are definitely not.
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#19 Post by Alan Rath » April 30th, 2019, 12:30 pm

Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:04 am
Also, I should have noted that we will be pouring the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore at pickup day this Saturday.
Thanks for the clarification (poor reading skills). Looking forward to it, I've enjoyed every bottle of Aeris I've had.
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#20 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 30th, 2019, 1:30 pm

Markus S wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:12 am
Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Growing Carricante in CA seemed a little crazy...
Nor more than all the recent shout-outs here to California timarasso...
As in the Timorasso that Sam Bilbro (Idlewild) has just planted?
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#21 Post by T. Melloni » May 14th, 2019, 9:24 am

Any insights on the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco?
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#22 Post by Jim Brennan » May 16th, 2019, 6:44 am

Opened my first bottle of the 2014 last night, and really enjoyed it. Agree that it should only get more complex over the next several years. Opened up nicely throughout the evening.

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#23 Post by Mike Grammer » May 16th, 2019, 2:36 pm

From a few months ago, and from memory rather than notes---mixed in on a night of "interesting" wines. My comments may reflect a wine drunk too soon in its ageing process.

"2014 Aeris Etna Bianco

Made from Carricante, IIRC this had a lot of vibrancy and zing and palate presence, but without being able to really narrow down identifiable fruit. Somewhat floral bouquet. Another that fits into "interesting wines" theme."

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