2018 Passopisciaro Contrada Guardiola

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Passopisciaro |Sicily |Nerello Mascalese
A deep and complex Nerello from Etna, this comes off some of the oldest vines in their holdings.

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Passopisciaro produces six unique Nerello Mascalese wines, the idea being to showcase the profound differences in the terroir; lava flow, aspect, and altitude, of the various Contrada (single vineyards) that they work with.

Contrada Guardiola (Contrada 'G') is set at between 800m-1000m above sea level on the edge of a lava flow from the last eruption in 1947. It's a forceful wine, full of latent power and density. Typically, this is one of the first Contrada to sell out each year.

Quite alluring on the nose, perfumes red flowers, fresh leather its invigorating. On the palate there is energy, depth, and precision, with spice, herbs, and crushed berry juice. Very elegant structure here, with fine tannins and lively acidity.

The vines are all between 70-100 years old, and the nerello harvest typically occurs at the end of October/early November. The wines undergo fermentation in steel vats, followed by malolactic and 18 months aging in large neutral oak barrels; this minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows the differences in terroir to shine.

92 Points - "The 2018 Contrada Guardiola, or simply “G,” seduces with a perfumed display of fresh roses, violets and geraniums; notes of dried strawberries and hints of smoke emerge in the glass. It’s like pure silk on the palate, matched by a vivid display of cherries and purple-tinged inner florals, while slowly gaining a more tactile feel through a blend of minerals and round tannins that settle in toward the close. This is so pretty and graceful in feel, yet with a saturating concentration of tarry fruit which, combined with the underlying structure, will promise years of development. In fact, it was only six hours after opening that the 2018 began to show more of a giving nature. Rest this for a few years in the cellar to unleash its inner beauty." Eric Guido (Vinous)

95 Points - Red fruits, aniseed, dried herb, quite spicy too, almost a paprika thing here. Juicy, all the red fruits with spice and dried herb, cool fine acidity, and crushed stone tannin. Finish is long, and perfumed with herbs and orange and fine dusty tannin. Outstanding." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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