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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    6/30/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (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... 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:

    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:


    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA

    Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.

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