Buonora

Historically a grape used for its acidity and its productivity, Carricante is now probably one of the most interesting and multi-faceted varieties cultivated today. Minerality, sulphurous notes, hints of hydrocarbons, even in young vintages. It is an expression of the verticality of the wines of the Volcano.

 
 
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Buonora
Buonora
Grapes:
Carricante.
Appellation:
Sicilia DOC.
Production area:
Northern side of the Etna volcano - Montedolce Districts - Castiglione di Sicilia - Catania - Sicily.
Soil:
Terrace cultivations on volcanogenic sediments.
Age of vineyard:
2000.
Altitude of vineyards:
600 meters above sea level.
Vineyard exposure:
North.
Training system:
Espalier.
Pruning system:
Guyot
Vines per Ha:
5,000.
Yield per Ha:
70 q (quintals) on average.
Harvest period:
October 21.
Production method:
In stainless steel tank.
Fermentation temperature:
16-18°C.
Maceration:
12 days.
Malolactic fermentation:
Not developed.
Ageing:
4 months in stainless steel tanks with fermenting agents.
Alcohol content:
12% Vol.
Wine analytical data:
pH 3.12 - TA 5.60 g/l - RS 1.00 g/l - TE 18.00 g/l.
 
 
Year
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2016
Robert Parker
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(89-91) points
2014
Year
What
Where
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Vintage
2016
James Suckling
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92 points
2013
Year
What
Where
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Vintage
2014
James Suckling
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93 score
2012
 
 

Carricante

It is a variety of Sicilian origin. The name Carricante ("that can be loaded") probably originates from its plentiful and constant production, which it can offer when grown on good and fertile soil.  For this reason, until the last century, it was present all over Sicily. Today, it is grown almost exclusively in the province of Catania, in the wild and rugged territories of the Etna, where productivity is lower, but leads to better quality wines. It has a reasonable sized pentagonal leaf, a medium size grape cluster conical and sometimes winged in shape. The cluster is never too dense, but it is typically straggly. The grape has elliptical shape with a thick skin, very pruinose, with yellowish-green color. It is very sensitive to cryptogamic diseases of the vine, to frost and dry weather. Difficult to cultivate, it provides a straw yellow wine, slightly fragrant, dry and fruity. With aging, it acquires mild scents of flowers. It is also used to be mixed with other local wine varieties, such as Catarratto, Ansonica and Minnella and with the red DOC Etna wine it can be mixed with Nerello Mascalese.