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Masseria del Pino Caravan Petrol Etna Bianco 2018


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Masseria del Pino Caravan Petrol Etna Bianco 2018

Cesare Fulvio and Federica Turillo humbly tend to their two hectares of 120-year-old vines high on the volcano’s northern face. They craft wines with their bare hands—and feet!—that are worlds removed from the heavy investment, modern technology, and mass marketing that is reshaping the Etnean landscape.

Consider their Carricante-based white: lightly skin-macerated, it was pressed manually and aged in a solitary chestnut cask before an unfiltered, unsulfured bottling. Charming, fresh, and textured, with suggestions of wildflowers, saffron, lemon, and nuts, this is Etna in all its raw glory. - KLWM

Field blend: Carricante, Catarratto, Minella, Pizzutella
Vines: 120 year-old vines in volcanic soils from one 1.7 ha total vineyard

• Fermentations are spontaneous with indigenous yeasts
• Wines bottled unfined and unfiltered

• Hand harvested, grapes sorted in the vineyard

Vino Bianco “Caravan Petrol”:
• Grapes are lightly crushed without destemming
• Skin maceration for a day and a half, then grapes are pressed in a vertical basket press
• Fermented and aged in a 500-L chestnut barrel for 9 months
• Aged 2 months in bottle before release
• No added sulfur
• “Caravan Petrol” is a tongue-in-cheek name for the phenomenon that Federica and Cesare have observed of newcomers buying land for vineyards on Etna, completely changing the landscape with bulldozers and other machinery in an effort to profit off of Etna's popularity. It is also a nod to a Neapolitan song from the 1950s with the title “Caravan Petrol”.

Recent investment in Mount Etna has seen the arrival of ambitious producers from all around the globe armed with significant financial resources and modern winemaking techniques. While much has changed in this part of Sicily over the last two decades, pockets remain where time seems to stand still. Driving down the dusty road to Masseria del Pino, Cesare Fulvio and Federica Turillo’s little farm upslope from Randazzo, on the volcano's northern face, it is hard to tell which century we are living in. This is Etna in all its pastoral serenity, with only the sights, scents, and sounds of the mountain to stimulate the senses.

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