A very pronounced nose frames straw, dried mangoes, bread crust, passion fruit, dried pineapple and papaya. This might suggest an enormous wine, but the palate is very steely and clear-cut, the direct acidity painting an edgy picture of taut citrus fruit. A beautiful white of contrasts to drink now.
93 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)
The Cusumano family, led by brothers Diego and Alberto, have made exceptionally clever vineyard acquisitions on Etna, picking prime growing sites in the best Contrade, thus starting Alta Mora (the winery for their Etna portfolio) as a sister brand to the Cusumano line of wines from greater Sicily. In just a few years, Alta Mora has grown in parallel to Cusumano, adding prestige and pedigree to Cusumano's important production power. Alta Mora is the proverbial tip of the family's quality pyramid. The 2018 Etna Bianco is the base white wine from this Etna estate, but this pure expression of Carricante absolutely delivers the goods. It shows super crisp and sharp lines, with citrus, white peach and crushed stone. This vintage offers a balanced burst of crisp acidity that would taste beautifully next to a summer salad with tuna, cherry tomatoes, capers and olive oil. Some 35,000 bottles were made.
92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2019)
A clean, classy white that's loaded with salty, citrus, lime, and mineral notes, the 2018 Etna Bianco is medium-bodied, has bright acidity, and offers good mid-palate depth as well as a great finish.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2019)
Aromas of spring blossom, white orchard fruit, wet stone and Mediterranean brush form the fragrant nose. Linear and elegant, the vibrant palate delivers white peach, nectarine, citrus and a hint of hazelnut alongside tangy acidity. A saline note marks the close.
91 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)