N.V. Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Rosso 8

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Sicilia
Drink between 2013 - 2017 (Edit)
CT90.6 32 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • EvanDrinksThings wrote: (91 points)

    October 9, 2017 - Still very much alive. As the other notes have mentioned, definitely heady and intense aromas of pine, road tar, black cherry, and sauerkraut. I feel it has become more harmonious over the years that I've been drinking this. Acidity is still ripping, tannins have declined, but this wine is certainly a volume knob turned to 11 in terms of its intensity. Lovely little spritz upon openingThe volatility will certainly turn a lot off, but it is a wild (albeit academic) experience if you keep an open mind to it.

    If I drank this wine once a year, that would be good enough for me, but my year would certainly be much less interesting if I opted not to.

  • LW31 wrote: (87 points)

    January 6, 2016 - From 2010/2011 vintage. Subdued on opening with very little on the nose. In glass as it warmed from cellar showed dark cherry, earthy pine notes. Certain austerity here. I liked it and suited food but definitely one for others around the table. But compared to other bottles I've had this was all correct and stable. Will revisit rest of bottle tomorrow. Day two: gritty tannins and harsh on the mouth.

  • SeaWine wrote: (88 points)

    November 7, 2015 - Hard to rate for me. High acid, 15% listed alcohol, just a hint of CO2 that dissipated by day 2. Somewhat surprisingly and intriguingly, seemed to pair well with home-made mentaiko udon. There was a lot going on in this wine. Got the potpouri (good call) and touch of pine one reviewer noted, but no sauerkraut. Picked up on the sour cherry another reviewer noted; not so much on the embalmed squirrel. (I've tasted some squirrel back in the day, though always fresh and never embalmed or otherwise preserved.) Overall, interesting for something to try every few years, but not something I'd drink with any regularity. Faded on day 2. 88-89.

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  • Grantsky wrote:

    October 30, 2015 - Definitely better with food. Really quite pleasant with food and not thinking much about the wine. Without food, a different story; not unpleasant just very thought provoking.

    Feels like carbonic maceration; Dark raspberry, astringent, ultra bitter chocolate, VA, very drying mouth feel, but necessarily aggressive tannin.

    Initially I thought this wine seemed very young still, but as it was open, I'm not sure it will get any better. I cant score this wine. Interesting, but I'm not sure its all that enjoyable.

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  • rlove wrote: (89 points)

    April 4, 2015 - (NV but mostly 2010 fruit) All natural Nerello Mascalese; no sulphur. Funky nose of red cherry, liquorice, and dry leaves with a bretty barnyard note. Rich and sweet in the mouth, firm and structured, long finish. Evolved greatly as it decanted. Drink in the next year or two.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type Red
  • Producer Frank Cornelissen
  • Varietal Nerello Mascalese
  • Designation MunJebel Rosso 8
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Sicilia

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 90 (55%)
  • Consumed 75 (45%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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