The Carricante and Nerello Mascalese are the most local and tardive grape varieties, which grow on the cold slopes of the volcano reaching their full ripeness in the month of October. The summer storms and rain guaranteed a good hydration of the volcanic sandy soil, however the severely challenged the resistance ability and rusticity of this cultivar. The harvest began on October 5th with the Carricante vineyards, and on October 12th with the Nerello Mascalese from the unripe areas of Puntalazzo and Malpasso. The harvest of the Nerello Cappuccio of Piano Dario (Boccadorzo) started on October 14th, while the more tardive areas were harvested on October 19th with the Nerello Mascalese di Sciaranova, Montelaguardia and Piano Dario, which ended in the past few days.
Even if the cold weather and the rain were harsh conditions for the fruits and the workers, they gave a good phenolic maturity to the Nerello Mascalese, in fact the first musts that are in fermentation are soft on the palate, which is unusual for this variety. Good fruity notes and acidity. The white wine expresses during fermentation deep aromas from Mt. Etna, and the freshness and richness of the Carricante.