Guardiola Bianco 2011
2011 was a superb, strong vintage on Etna. The 4 hectares of chardonnay were picked: on the 5th, 6th, 9th of September (the eastern half of the terraces), and on the 10th, 15th (the west-exposed side of the terraces and the fields underneath). The weather was cool; raisins matured quickly and we had to move fast. Most tracks of the vineyard are clearly coming of age, the wines suddenly concentrated and with a largesse coming to the body.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 91 points: “The 2011 Guardiola (Chardonnay) boasts impeccable richness and class in its juicy peaches, lemon, white flowers and spices. Insistent veins of minerality frame the long, finish. The 2011 is a gorgeous, totally pure expression of Chardonnay from the slopes of the Etna. I would not be surprised if the 2011 opens over the next 6-12 months, as it had just been bottled at the time of my tastings. (Drinking window: 2013 – 2020).”
16,800 bottles/1,400 cases
1,000 meters/3,300 feet a.s.l.