Meet & Greet: Salvino Benanti
In 2012, Giuseppe Benanti handed over to his twin sons, Salvino and Antonio, the winery – Benanti. The brothers immediately and efficiently got to work. Their goal? A “brutal refocusing” of the vineyards and the cellars to only produce the best of what the region has to offer. Today, there is no doubt that they are among the best in what the country has to offer. Benanti wines are now available in the District for the first time.
Join us on Friday - any time between 6PM and 8PM - to chat with Salvino as we pour four of his delicious wine. This is not a ticketed event. Simply make reservations here, and note that you are coming for the Benanti tasting. Email Info@FlightDC.com with any questions.
Flight of three wines - $18 (Normally $28)
2016 Etna Bianco (100% Carricante) From indigenous Carricante grapes grown on Mount Etna – an active volcano – at nearly 3000 feet above sea level. Notes of lemongrass, Asian pears, honeydew melon, and crushed smoky volcanic minerals. The wine finishes clean and zesty with hints of cinnamon, bay leaf, bitter orange peel, and smoke.
2015 Etna Rosso (80% Nerello Mascalese + 20% Nerello Cappuccio) Sourced from 3 different sides of the volcanic slopes, the fruit is from different parcels that range in elevation from 1400 to 3000 feet above sea level. Aromas of wild berry, anise, and crushed stone; floral finish with a touch of vanilla and polished tannins.
2015 Nerello Cappuccio (100% Nerello Cappuccio) Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato (mantled), is an indigenous variety of Etna. In the last few decades, it was continuously abandoned by the vine growers and almost risked extinction. This fruit comes from a vineyard which Benanti planted after extensive research of vine production and after a rigorous selection of the many vine varieties of Nerello Cappuccio on Etna. Aromas of red fruit with a touch of vanilla.
Fried artichoke, sea urchin with pistachio, lemon, and chili $18
Poached octopus, red pepper, anchovies with fennel and herbs $21
Priced by the ounce - $8 ($35 / glass)
2013 Pietramarina (100% Carricante) One of Italy’s best white ones, and this varietal’s best expressions, the fruit for this wine is picked late in the season at full ripeness. Stainless steel fermentation and aging plus another 10-12 months in bottle before release. Flavors of apple, orange and lemon blossoms, notes of anise and almond on the finish.