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