N.V. Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Rosso 8

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • > Sicily
  • > Sicilia
Drink between 2013 - 2017
CT91.1 24 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • L'enfant sauvage wrote:

    May 16, 2014 - Finally, a bottle of this that wasn't off. A myriad of flavors: nice red fruit, potpourri, pine, and earth (does that make pine forest floor?), some of that lambic sour/rotten edge that most people here are calling sauerkraut. While this was ok, even from the outset, it was teetering on the edge of too funky (and I quite like funky). By day two it's just barely drinkable and headed into that wet dog/two-day old fish place that my other bottles started out in. Overall, while these were interesting in principle, they strike me as more of a novelty, and are not worth the hype. They may present nicely at the vineyard, but the very spotty quality when shipped make these not worth the investment. Plenty of other natural, innovative producers whose wines are both more reliable and more delicious.

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  • David_T Likes this wine: (92 points)

    March 20, 2014 - Notes from day 2. Aromas of red & black raspberry, sauerkraut, and potpourri. The raspberries carry over to the palate adding red & black cherries initially. The midpalate has spice and dried flowers. All of the above come back on the very lengthy finish. High acidity, medium tannins. I need to grab another bottle or two to lay down for several years. Off the beaten path but a well made, structured, complex, tasty wine.

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  • wayfarer Likes this wine: (90 points)

    January 4, 2014 - Schizophrenic wine experience. Served over two days. Evolved significantly within each session, and came across more differently between me and my wife than any other wine we have shared. Strong acid, tannin and earth backdrop with whiffs of fruit and funk that came across as sauerkraut-esque to me, but not so to my wife. She picked up much more of a dark fruit and floral sense. Airtime saw the funk dissipate, letting the intensity of the mineral quality and fruit shine, still with that long acid/spice. Always midweight and tangy on the tongue. But oddly I continued to get a flip flop off the entire expression--making me recall more tasting across an array of IPAs to Belgian beers than wine (not literal fruit profile of course). Nice to taste a wine the moves the dial the way this does. Looking forward to the Bianco.

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  • kevinacohn wrote:

    December 30, 2013 - My first Cornelissen experience. Slightly tawny ruby color. Bright red cherries, stewed dark fruits, and hints of funk on the nose. This is both sweet and dry in the mouth, with flavors of dried cherries and clove. The gripping acid really packs a punch. The finish is pleasurable but not terribly long. Having read so much about Cornelissen's funkiness, I was surprised by how put together this seemed to be. Quite enjoyable, quite Etna. RECOMMENDED.

  • L'enfant sauvage wrote: flawed

    December 23, 2013 - I have had decent bottles of Cornelissen in the past, but this time around all the bottles I got from garagiste seem skunked to varying degrees. This one was the same as the others, that bright Cornelissen red fruit on the front end, but sour, musty skunkiness on the back end. And rather than blowing off, the funk rapidly increases with air into something I would describe as smelly fish bones. Not drinkable, and I'm not happy about it.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type Red
  • Producer Frank Cornelissen
  • Varietal Nerello Mascalese
  • Designation MunJebel Rosso 8
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Sicilia

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 97 (67%)
  • Consumed 48 (33%)

Food Pairing

Slow Cooked Lamb and Caponata, Tender Octopus and Olives

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  7 votes