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(Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro) Medium cranberry red color with pale meniscus; intriguing, minerally, dried red fruit, cranberry nose; oak, tart red fruit, currant palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
We've offered quite a few wines from Andrea Franchetti of late but they all deserve attention and then some. His portfolio has never been stronger and we will continue to present the wines as they are released to us.
While I was in Puglia last month, I nursed a bottle of the 2007 Passopisciaro over nearly a week's time (two of those days with Frank Cornelissen, who was quite smitten with the quality of this wine) - if there was ever a poster child for a new sense of the modern, it is Passopisciaro - a wine bent on allowing the century old (or even pre-phyloxera) vines to speak for themselves...with the small stamp of Franchetti's Fellini-esque carnival dangling underneath the surface.
Where the 2006 version of this wine had power first, this wine seduces with its velvet dancing texture and mountain fruit. Almost an oxymoron at this latitude (it would be like calling grapes grown on Kilimanjaro cool-climate), the towering scope and weather producing influence of Mt. Etna cannot be underestimated. This is an area that has a ski area perched above palm trees and cactus (think Mauna Kea but still active). Like 2008 in Bordeaux (versus 2005), I'm not sure many of the 2006 Etna examples are "better" than their more elegant 2007 counterparts - they are just different. Whatever the reasoning, this is a 2007 that should be tasted by all collectors bent on education and curiosity regarding one of the more cutting edge (and dynamic) regions of the world:
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for subtle grace and eccentric exoticism in a Burgundian frame:
2007 Passopisciaro "Passopisciaro" (Andrea Franchetti/Etna) (this is not the Guardiola)
...we also have EXTREMELY LIMITED large formats of the 2006 Le Cupole from Tenuta di Trinoro. If you have a dinner party or large gathering in the fall (or even at holiday time), this is a very reasonably priced magnum (or 3.0/6.0) at the highest end:
2006 Le Cupole (Trinoro) 1.5lt (the magnums are bottled from the best 2-3 barrels)
2006 Le Cupole (Trinoro) 3.0lt (hand bottled, hand corked from the very best barrel)
2006 Le Cupole (Trinoro) 6.0lt (also hand bottled, hand corked from the very best barrel)