Racy and mineral, Carricante is among Italy’s very best white grapes. Grown almost exclusively on Mt. Etna, it can make dazzlingly complex and ageable wines, combining brilliant lightness with robust weight and texture. Etna locals even have a word to describe its signature lemony/salty/mineral tang: muntagnuolo, that mountain je-ne-sais-che-cosa… Carricante prefers Etna’s cool upper reaches where Nerello typically won’t ripen. Unfortunately, far less Carricante is grown today than a century ago – just a scant 123 acres are planted at present, compared to 9,800 acres in 1915, but acreage is increasing with Carricante’s rapid ascension-to-star status.