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ProducerFrank Cornelissen (web)
VarietyNerello Mascalese
DesignationMunJebel Rosso 7
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Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2018 (based on 5 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 82.2 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mascalese on 4/13/2015 & rated 85 points: Very fiesty smell on opening. Acidic. Left corked for 24h. A marvel of a transformed wine showed up,next day, all pleasant and balanced. (325 views)
 Tasted by LoireFan on 12/29/2014: Drank too young. (676 views)
 Tasted by Sennma on 7/13/2014 & rated 61 points: If you like the taste of old socks... (1425 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 7/13/2014 & rated 65 points: Getting Wine Geeky for the World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): I really don't want to say too much about this very forgettable wine. There was a ton of spritz on the nose with some cranberries, dark red cherries, and various over-ripe tones. The palate was a near trainwreck as it was VA city. While it's not one of the worst wines I've ever hard, it is far from enjoyable and there was a reason that there was half the bottle left by the time everyone left. (1555 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 7/13/2014: World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): A tough bottle of wine to like. Lots of stink on the nose and layers of cheesy, veggy flavors throughout the wine. (1834 views)
 Tasted by riskun on 12/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Nose closed on opening, untypical for this wine. Some sharp cherry as it opened up. Stinging acidity on entry with a tremendously sharp flavour profile. Like a high acid rose frankly. This is thin but extremely full of sharp cheese flavours. Takes a special person to like this. Will be fascinating to see how it evolves. (1973 views)
 Tasted by jrkennedy37 on 11/11/2013: One of the strangest bottles of wine I've ever experienced. This does not have a traditional structure so it's hard for me to gauge exactly how well it performs compared to others of this style. The acid is huge and prickly which turned me off a bit. However, each swirl of the glass changed the experience. Clearly on the red fruit spectrum, this should definitely be served alongside food. Visually, it is unfiltered and cloudy with who knows what. All this said, it was an interesting bottle worth a look if you've never had this style. (1548 views)
 Tasted by cadamson on 9/29/2013 & rated 87 points: I am trying to get my head around this producer, whose philosophy resonates with me. Thought-provoking, perhaps more an an intellectual experience than an enjoyable one, at least right now. Murky dark red, initially very sour on the palate, though I found that to mellow some with air time. Extremely bright and zippy red fruit, I could sense an expression of place trying to come out, just not sure I got it. Will keep trying from this producer. (1388 views)
 Tasted by LoireFan on 4/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Best non-Magma red I've had from FC. Bravo. (1910 views)
 Tasted by Tom_B on 1/10/2013 & rated 50 points: ust can you can ferment a fruit, doesn't mean you should. This is a pathetic excuse for a wine. Cloudy, light red, with the look of a strawberry Kool-aid, from this point the wine went down hill. The nose if full of barnyard notes, with sour cherry, pomegranite aromas, reminding more of a sour fruit drink. I tried to appreciate something on the palate, but it was full of sour flavors, showing very little complexity and interest. I try to keep my eyes open to new varieties, but this is not a good one. (2114 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 12/13/2012 & rated 90 points: Pop/pour. On the nose, this is less "barnyard" than it is "who forgot to turn the fan on in the bathroom?". Thankfully, that blows off leaving an odd combination of leather, earth and acetone. On the palate, relatively lush mouthfeel, with a fair amount of acidity. For the style (all natural, living wine, blah, blah, blah) this is actually quite nice. Better balanced and more delicate than most.

I almost poured this one out at the start. I'd recommend giving it a bit of time before making any similar decisions. While this is not for everybody, it definitely caught me in the right mood today after the initial outhouse smell wore off. (1805 views)
 Tasted by atrox on 8/11/2012 & rated 90 points: Light red color. Lots of yeast still in the bottle. Cherry with burnt rubber nose. Herby, turning more like the previous Cornelissen. Juicy acidity. Mouth watering. SmoothHeavy silk mouthfeel and tart cherry. Not much on the finish but good. Tastes a little like flat beer. (2164 views)
 Tasted by diggydan on 8/3/2012 & rated 84 points: Well, it's interesting.

Color: dark purple with a perfectly transparent meniscus. Cloudy. Nose is a little bit of stewed fruit, little bit of acetic acid - but in a nice way! Tangy attack, sourness, molts into a gentle sweetness, almost like the pre-fermented grape juice re-asserting itself. After some time in the glass, the sweetness vanishes, replaced with bracing acidity. Long finish, culiminating in the smell/taste of burnt rubber....mercaptans?

I guess this wine could be used as an examplar of several wine-making flaws, but it is what it is meant to be, and I'm evaluating it on that basis. Cerebral and thought-provoking...yes. Tasty, and inviting of a second chance...unsure. (1942 views)
 Tasted by Winevestor on 7/30/2012 & rated 92 points: A fascinating and polarizing wine. This is unique. Brambles, coffee and cherry on the nose. One interesting trait - it is much better in the mouth than on the nose, even though the nose is not dumb. Cola, chocolate, deeper cherry and deeper coffee in the mouth, and it just layers and layers your mouth. The finish goes on forever. It has a slight fizz on the start. They you find out how it is made: totally natural, long time on the skins, in amphora and no preservatives (as in none). Cornelissen is one nutty wine maker who has created something completely different. Is it a great wine or just a curiousity? I think a great wine. I'm not sure about longevity, although with this winemaking you have to have a cold cellar and a reliable retailer. What the heck is the Magma like? (1606 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 6/20/2012 & rated 84 points: There is so much going on here it is more akin to a science experiment. Fizz upon opening. Rosmary, herbs. After an hour, it began to take on thinner, aged CnP or light, aged burg properties but seems difficult to committ this to the cellar. (1570 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 4/6/2012 & rated 91 points: Cloudy pinkish orange colour with a very volatile red fruit nose. Intensely flavoured and mouthfilling with layers of flavour. The entry is tangy and sour, the mid palate full of ripe red fruits and the finish long and filled with salted nuts. Crazy. Very nice though. (1489 views)
 Tasted by danibus on 4/3/2012: My first Cornellisen. All I could think of was "wine kambucha!" Fizzy at the moment. Great natural fruit. It lives. I'll wait another year. (1555 views)
 Tasted by avp on 3/12/2012: No formal note.
Vibrant stuff with tart fruit and refreshingly tight structure. A bit effervescent and surprisingly fullbodied with volcanic character. We wondered if this really is worth the extra euros compared to the Contadino, since there seemed to be nothing much making this stand out. But after some time the wine started to feel more substantial.
Clearly good stuff, but worth the extra? Undecided on that. (1446 views)
 Tasted by rcmcb on 2/21/2012: Not sure how to rate this. At first it seemed like a normal Etna Rosso, though perhaps a little off. Then it transitioned into a phase where it seemed fizzy in the mouth and unsettling in the stomach. Then it flattened out and tasted of almond skin. Interesting, but this takes "Old World" to a somewhat unsuccessful extreme. (1556 views)
 Tasted by riskun on 1/14/2012 & rated 90 points: Very cloudy garnet colour. Bubbling out of the bottle like a weissbier with quite a carbonic nose. Strong nose like a frappato with deep pomegranate and gravel. Limpid mouth compared to the nose that kept the lively sting on the tounge even after some time. Sweet entry building to a fairly tannic back end. Tannins melt quickly though and well out of the way. A bit of alcohol pushing through at the end. This is a great show of what the far end of the diversity of wine can be. Not everyone will like it. For me quite tasty with a light summer meal taken at cool cellar temperatures. It is all about the nose really which is fresh and tasty as one would expect of this style. Difficult to grade such a wine. I am curious what happens to the zippy acidity in a few years. (1524 views)

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