The search for quality never comes about by chance, but is always a precise choice. Such research lies at the basis of the Cusumano farm, founded by the brothers Alberto and Diego Cusumano in 2001 at Partinico (Sicily), with the aim of producing important wines that have a strong character and territorial features. Two basic elements were necessary to reach this excellence: suitable vineyard land for growing the grapes in a good position and the family’s careful and constant work in both the vineyard and cellar, supervised by an oenologist during their transition from the simplest to the more complex wines, and then to bottles with personality and character.
The Alta Mora 2019 Etna Bianco opens to a bright appearance with shiny golden highlights. Made only in stainless steel, this pure expression of Carricante is brilliant and sharp in terms of aromas, with piercing tones of citrus, minty apple and crushed stone. I love the tonic energy and snappy acidity that this lovely drinking wine brings to the palate. It would make for an easy evening of shrimp tempura and steamed vegetables. Production is an ample 30,000 bottles. The Cusumano family has been working hard to fine-tune this wine, and the results show. [93 Points, Monica Larner – October 2021, robertparker.com]