MALVASIA DI LIPARI + CARRICANTE [kerr-ah-KAHN-tay]
This biotype of the ubiquitous Malvasia grape has been recorded on the Lipari for centuries (in great detail by the 1600’s.) It is oddly shaped, is not as prolific a producer as many others, and seems uniquely suited to its native home. The results, however, are irrefutable as it is truly a volcanic island gem. Carricante is among Italy’s very best white grapes, found almost exclusively on Mt. Etna. It can make dazzlingly complex and ageable wines, combining brilliant lightness with robust weight and texture. Carricante prefers Etna’s cool upper elevation reaches where Nerello typically won’t ripen, but here on the Aeolian Islands it gets plenty of cool sea air and diurnal shifts.