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2008 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro

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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.