stunning and impressive Nerello Mascalese from an A-class winemaker. Opulent nose and taste with tons of ripe red fruit basically strawberries and cherries and plums mixed with a smoky hint and some balanced oak in the background. Impressive alcool at 15° that you do not taste. Very tasty. Still youthful but well in the drinking window. May only improve with age.
Drinking well now - still reminds me of a cross between a Cali pinot noir and barolo. Dried cherry flavors, floral, chocolate, a touch rustic, with dusty tannins. Well balanced, and not too acidic. Simply a pleasure to drink!
Popped and poured. Brownish ruby colour. Great open nose of red berry, licorice, herbs, smoke, tar, and sauerkaut. Heavy influence of smoky minerals from volcanic terrior. Intense super high acidity at attack with presence of firm muscular tannin. Some good red berry and cherry aftertaste. Drink like nebbiolo. Quite rustic. Not many people like this style but good for Italian nebbiolo fans.
Medium to dark ruby color. The description of crunchy red fruits from the other tasting notes is a good one. Very rustic with a nice mix of dark red fruit, minerality and earth. Medium+ acid and tannin. Definitely a terroir driven wine and better with food than on its own.
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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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