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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 14 
ProducerPassopisciaro (web)
VarietyNerello Mascalese
UPC Code(s)000004240877

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2020 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Sicilia IGT on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 77 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Papies on 5/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Two very nice and consistent magnums on the night. No decanting and we didn't feel it needed it.
Albeit a medium wine on the palate this was quite intense, darkish, smoky side and very interesting. Cherries across. Light on the tannin side and could use some more depth but an overall very good wine. A proper 90 but nothing more. Drink from now. (898 views)
 Tasted by le fouloir on 12/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Like a cross between a Burgundy and Barbaresco, tending more heavily towards the latter. Significant floral notes with some leather, dustiness, and cherry fruit. Light to medium body a la pinot noir. Still has life left in it. (1773 views)
 Tasted by lolo66 on 11/8/2014 & rated 87 points: while pleasant with high toned red fruits, I found it leaning more towards shrilly acidity and over bearing tannins without the depth of fruit. fine, but disappointing. (2050 views)
 Tasted by Sijan on 10/30/2014: This was funky, quite tart, had some VA. Red berry fruit. Seemed off compared to the 2007 in a side-by-side tasting (2162 views)
 Tasted by recotte on 9/16/2014: Consumed over two days. Day 1, palate and nose were shy, and the wine showed more tannic and restrained than expected based on prior bottles, even with a couple of hours in the glass/open bottle. Day 2, opened up. Tannins still prominent but receded, letting cranberry/cherry notes come through, with a bit of tea and smoke, to boot, showing what this great wine has to offer. Will try not to touch my remaining bottle for 4-5 years. (2570 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 8/22/2014 & rated 89 points: Needed hours to open up this time. (2363 views)
 Tasted by dimdic on 7/25/2014 & rated 93 points: I tasted this wine in an exhibition last year but didn't take a formal tasting note. Half year later, one of my friends brought this wine for gathering. It's opened 4 hours before drinking. Its colour is very light ruby, lighter than most Burgundy Pinot Noir. From appearance it's very light body but it's full of Barolo-like tannin and minerals. Very solid mouth feel. Great elegant taste of red berry and crushed stones. Due to its elegance style, my friends and I guess its grapes were planted from a north-faced slope and it was correct. Will encore for this. (1667 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 7/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Prickly acidity on the front; smoke and rose petals (but not in such a way that you'd mistake it for a Piedmontese) in the middle. Very balanced. Smooth, soft, ungrainy tannins. More Burgundy-weight than is typical for an Etnan, but less Burgundian than I'd remembered (and than Rimmerman primed me for).

Had side by side with 2011 Graci Arcuria. Wildly different wines. My glassmates liked them both; I thought the Graci won hands-down for its layers, brightness, nerviness, and tannic graininess -- but they were both great fun. (1434 views)
 Tasted by ron m on 5/30/2014: Very good wine, and an interesting one. I get the Chambolle references, though I found it somewhat of a stretch. Still, the wine does show some characteristics that are unusual for Sicilia. Cherry dominated, full bodied but constructed over a deceptively lighter mid palate and lifted by ample acidity. Finish is very good - long, bone dry, refreshingly acidic, and with plenty of fine grain tannin. This wine will keep developing for quite a while and has excellent potential. A winner. (1793 views)
 Tasted by recotte on 3/10/2014: PnP. So freakin' good right out of the bottle. Slight brickish tinge in the glass, but clear and no hint of nearing its limits. Bright berries with notes of ash, smoke and earth. Fresh acidity. ABV is well managed, with no heat on the finish. (2351 views)
 Tasted by Employee500 on 3/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Extremely drinkable wine, great with food, no unpleasant edges. Bright red fruit, juicy acidity and lots of character. Drinking well now, this does not seem like something to age further. (1929 views)
 Tasted by Donjcorleone on 3/1/2014 & rated 92 points: An intoxicating nose of perfumed forest floor, red and black fruits as well as some floral aspects which lead way to much of the same on the palate along with some eucalyptus, tobacco and tar notes which carry on through the long drying finish. A great cross between a burgundy and piedmont styled offering. (1623 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 2/4/2014: Powerfully elegant aromas while pouring in the decanter, though these had become more restrained after the long decant and an additional two hours open at the dinner table. In retrospect, I'm not sure I needed to aerate it at all, beyond say a 30-minute Audoze, as the nose and palate both said "drink me, now". But, having had five or six of these already, I wanted to see what a thorough aeration would do. What I got was all about structure, and classic lines, firm acidity and and a tense, and lengthy finish as if to say, "I'm not ready yet". So, there you have it, enjoy this as a PnP now, or wait 3-4 more years as this youngster develops and becomes more comfortable in its own skin. Black tea, cranberry, black cherry, grilled herbs, a touch of smoke. Flavors follow on the medium-bodied, dry toward austere palate. This is pretty serious juice for a $35 bottle. highly recommended, 15,0% abv (fully resolved), thru 2021 (2508 views)
 Tasted by 4711 on 1/3/2014 & rated 91 points: Snv (1287 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/26/2013 & rated 92 points: Drinking beautifully now. Much better than a year ago. (1906 views)
 Tasted by bretrooks on 11/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Not decanted, consumed over 2+ hours, mostly with a lamb dinner which in retrospect probably called for a heftier wine. Also, this was our first Sicilian wine (but not our last, I expect).

This was a pretty wine, drinking smoothly from the get-go, showing primarily high-toned red berry/currant fruit alongside pleasant hints of spice and something saline or medicinal. There was a little mineral astringency as well which, in conjunction with the papery tannins, makes me think this might be the "ashiness" some refer to in Etna wines. Refreshing but not obtrusive acidity.

While enjoyable, this did seem to be holding something back on both nose and palate, and overall, it came off as a little simpler than my note probably makes it sound. I expect that this will be drinking better a few years down the road once its potential is more fully realized, but curiosity get the best of us this time. C'est la vie. (2297 views)
 Tasted by NickBurwood on 10/30/2013 flawed bottle: Corney & Barrow Tasting at Millbank Tower. Brief notes.
Flattered to deceive. Jammy strawberry/red fruit aromas showed potential, but excessive greenness on the palate and an overdone oakiness took away any pleasure and masked any residual fruit that may have been present. Verging on the faulty.
£29.95 per bottle; no way!! Wouldn't pay £5.00 for this.

SUBSEQUENTLY: Clearly this bottle must have flawed based on comments received, so I now reserve judgement to another day. (2089 views)
 Tasted by pifcho on 10/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Solid Sicilian wine. Stylistically this is somewhere between burgundy and piedmont. Excellent aromatics of forest floor, tar and blackberry preserve. The palate is medium bodied with ripe forest fruits, tobacco and eucalyptus. The finish is long and it seems to integrate well the high alcohol which is there but is never obtrusive. The wine lacks some of the energy and purity of the best Sicilians, but is nonetheless quite well done. (2336 views)
 Tasted by dausau on 9/8/2013 & rated 86 points: Good nose and nice structure. Pinot-like feel. But the alcohol is a little bit to dominating for my taste. (2377 views)
 Tasted by BBG London on 7/29/2013 flawed bottle: This was corked. shame (2204 views)
 Tasted by Umay Ceviker on 4/7/2013 & rated 92 points: Garnet with medium intensity and an orange rim. Delightful bouquet so rich and layered that you cannot tell which of the dry red fruit, iodine, medlar aromas or pure notes of blood predominate. Elegantly balanced with a silky texture, similar fruit with added sour cherry and caramel and a warm, long lasting finish. (2706 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 3/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking well with some depth. Still not sure I can slobber over this like some posters do. It definitely has some Burgundy traits like weightlessness, elegance and red fruit but don't see it at the level of a higher end $75+ Burg like some folks do. Does live up to its $31 price tag though and worth a try. Not going to load up but I'll continue to try a btl here and there. (2977 views)
 Tasted by Colima74 on 3/11/2013 & rated 94 points: What a delight to drink (with Lebanese food at Marouch). Red raspberry/cherry fruit and excellent acidity. Some minerals and so well-balanced. Everyone at the table enjoyed this very much. Glad to have a couple more bottles. (2819 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 3/3/2013: PnP, served non-blind at 60F. Brilliant garnet core, vibrant aromas, but pretty tight on the palate - not something I was expecting as my bottle from May '12 was good to go after 30 minutes slow-ox. Nonetheless, it portends a trajectory, a testament to the overall structure of the vintage and the fruit itself. My remaining 5 bottles will rest for 3+ years. On day #2, the tannins had relaxed, the fruit became seamless, and the palate, quite silky . Blind, I'd have guessed $90 Burgundy. Love it! 15% abv, drink thru 2023 (extended the drinking window from 2018) (2961 views)
 Tasted by recotte on 3/1/2013: A thoroughly enjoyable wine, consumed over two nights. Really nice acidity keeps the ABV in check, balanced with a good level of fruit that is showing no signs of diminishing. Easily another 5+ years of life left in this. Thanks, wine-strategies, for the gift! (2309 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/30/2013)
(Passopisciaro IGT Sicilia Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/26/2013)
(Passopisciaro IGT Sicilia Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, March/April 2011, IWC Issue #155
(Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Etna Rosso) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Central and Southern Italy (Jun 2010)
(Passopisciaro Passopisciaro) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (6/30/2010)
(PASSOPISCIARO) Passopisciaro

Dear Friends,

Timing is everything.

A few weeks ago, as a foil to the idiosyncratic Cornelissen offers of late, I scheduled the 2008 Passopisciaro (Etna) for Friday morning...

...now all bets are off. I’ve been notified that our allocation is a “now or never” proposition (due to today’s Wine Advocate) so here we go...

Mt. Etna produces a number of different styles, from the eccentric and traditional to the quasi-modern. Andrea Franchetti (Trinoro) produces an Etna rosso that is a unique combination of all three with a myriad of old-school elements and a mouthfeel that’s like drinking pure Burgundian satin (Barbaresco comes to mind as well). With aromatics that stay with you well into the night and an overall character that clings to the memory like a weightless encounter with nobility, the 2008 vintage takes this cuvee to a rarified level. Feminine and full of a certain breed, this is a special wine that only requires a few effortless drips on the tongue to transport the taster to a place very far from Kansas. Not only is every unforced element here in spades but the price-tag encourages zealous consumption:

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Burgundian presence and a lava-strewn/mineral swathed persona that could only come from Mt. Etna.

ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the winery cellar:

2008 Passopisciaro (Etna) -
(compare at $40+)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 12/person until we run out

To order: niki@garagistewine.com

This parcel is set to depart from Etna – it will arrive in the late summer (please check OARS for local pick up after Aug 1st). It will ship during the Fall shipping season.

Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com


Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Seattle, WA

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Producer website

2008 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro

Viticulturally, the 08 vintage starts in 07 when vines had come to November unstressed from a tempered year and ready to enter the winterís rest well-nourished. There then was good fertilizing from repeated snowfalls on the mountain, and the hot three months of July, August and September were not able to stress the plants enough to stop their quick passing through growing and ripening stages; some tiredness from the dried soils came in October, but rains were already at the horizon, and carried water in just the right quantity. They made the year a great vintage, with us picking continuously from the 23rd to the end of the month.
Passopisciaro 2008 is made with a large proportion of grapes coming from parcels that lay at mid-mountain, where we have parcels in eight different Contrade. This has lent the wine a balance and a striking mouth feel that, in a good year like this one, is found in grapes that are growing at around 600 meters above sea level.


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