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2012 Frank Cornelissen Magma

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Sicilia
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • Capt Cutlass Does not like this wine: 70 points

    November 22, 2016 - Blind tasted and smelt and tasted only alcohol in its burning and penetrating form. Would have marked it flawed but other tasters enjoyed this.... A natural wine journey to hell!

  • dead puddle wrote: 92 points

    November 21, 2016 - Bottle shock V Nature vs conventionnal wines (Ales France): Blind tasting. Nice nose of mature red fruits like cherries from the tree, a bit smoke. Mouth super fruity, ultra refined tannins, stone from cherries carries a nice energy. Fresh and balanced. Long ending. Very young. Not so appreciated from other tasters who found unbalance and alcohol to present. To expensive anyway. Average14, me 92

  • kostaslonis wrote: 91 points

    December 9, 2015 - Dense red color, the nose needs time, quite alcoholic af first (feels way more than the 15% stated on the label), with only bright red cherry at first. With much needed time in the glass, it gains depth and density, red berry, sweet spices wtih cinnamon and clove bits. There is flinty/strack match nuance here too. The fruit gets darker and riper. It feels fresh and juicy if you need it time to develop in the glass, the transformation is quite interesting to say the least.

    In the palate, the wine is very different and difficult to avoid the presence of the alcohol. Once you move past through this barrier, there a wide range of all sorts of ripe red and black small fruits. The wine has med body and high intensity, fruit in alcohol, cinnamon candy and clove, freshy made red fruit marmelade, it shows nice complexity and concentration. It relies on the elegance (despite the alcohol burn) rather than strenght. I'll say it again that it needs time to open up. The tannins are contributing to the structure. The finish is medium to long.

    A strange wine of outstanging quality and aggressive price (not sure it worths the 150-200 euros price tag), drinking now but will hold

  • Stefanos T. Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 6, 2015 - Light and limpid ruby color.
    Nose is impressive and wild with purity and vibrancy of bramble and cherry fruit, notes of violets, carnation and mineral notes. I am almost willing to buy the story about the energy of natural wines. Youthful.
    Palate is another story, for starters it has some effervecence but it goes away or I stopped noticing it. Tannins are also a mouthfull but with food it was ok for me. Alcohol was warm and generally the wine was unbalanced and left a bitter finish. No idea how it will age.
    Weird wine, not unpleasant but certainly not worth its price for me. On the other hand it's very distinctive and this alone has its appeal.

  • Yiannis wrote: 88 points

    January 6, 2015 - Very hard to right a proper note on this wine. Idiosyncratic is the word that best describes it. Med to dark ruby color with some transparency. Sweet fruit on the nose, plum, kirsch liqueur, florality, granite, sweet spices and herbs. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with noticeable alcohol burn, sparkling, sweetness, bitterness and harsh, very stiff and drying tannins. Medium acidity and a long, bitter aftertaste reminiscent of Campari. Has character for sure but would not pay the 150+ euros it costs, by no means.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Frank Cornelissen
  • Varietal Nerello Mascalese
  • Designation Magma
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Sicilia

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 9 (82%)
  • Consumed 2 (18%)

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