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2016 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso

Mount Etna, Italy

The entry point into the outstanding wines of Passopisciaro. If you want to sample the unique and nervy wines of Etna, there's no better place to start.

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About The Wine

In 2000, Andrea Franchetti found himself looking at the ruins of an ancient vineyard on the northern slopes of an active volcano in Sicily.

Taken with the rare combination of altitude and soils that Mount Etna offered, he, along with his contemporaries, set about rejuvenating these 100+-year-old vineyards. And slowly, piece by piece, the modern Etna wine scene was born.

There's a poetry that comes with making wine in a harsh, unforgiving place like Etna. If the volcano goes, everything could be gone in the blink of an eye. There's a fragility to it. It makes the wines all the more precious. Andrea's wines capture all that nervous energy with incredible purity and are now some of the most sought-after in the region.

The PassoRosso is a blend of Nerello Mascalese from different sites up and down Etna's slopes. It's a pure, nervy, mineral-driven wine of awesome charisma. It's a wine that couldn't come from anywhere else.

Winemaker Andrea Franchetti
Winemaker Andrea Franchetti
Mount Etna, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Passorosso is from ancient vines between 80-110 years old and from different terroirs on different lava flows and altitudes.

At Passopisciaro, 2016 gave us even, steadily ripening grapes so that we were able to pick with an exact timing. I would run up every morning to find the same little jump forward in the vineyards then decide to give them another night. I would descend to the winery where the fluid procession of pickups loaded with nerello fruit from all our contradas had resumed.

First, one is surprised by the grapes’ way of ripening on the vine. When grapes have been fermenting for three for three on four days, you begin to see the style of the wine just in time to help it along. Each year carries wine that we have never seen before, their makings not in the year’s weather.

The character of this vintage will be similar across every territory of Italy: wines of 2016 will be smooth because the grapes were ripe; they will be gentle, because taste and color are coming away from the grapes effortlessly. We had no need to push and squeeze in the tank.

The 2016 Passorosso is fresh, fruity, and bright, with ever present minerality. Bright ruby in color, the mineral aromas immediately float from the glass, followed by pepper and bright red fruits. The pepper and minerality continue on the palate, framing a pop of ripe red fruits on the mid palate. The tannins are quite pronounced; along with the acidity, this creates great tension in the mouth and gives way to a long, persistent finish.

ABV : 14.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Passopisciaro vines on Mount Etna
Passopisciaro vines on Mount Etna
Mount Etna, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Raspberry, cherry, light spice and smokiness, almond, floral prettiniess this vintage too. Bright red fruits, firm, brick dust tannin, very ‘mineral’ and stony, slip of orange peel and dried herb on the finish. It’s a complete iteration of Passorosso with weight of fruit, freshness and perfume all in the mix. Splendid." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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