2018 Passopisciaro Contrada Porcaria

Passopisciaro |Sicily |Nerello Mascalese
A more lush and robust expression of Etna Nerello, from its most sought after Contrada.

Sale price$145.00
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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 vineyard) that they work with.

Contrada Porcaria is a large old domain at 650m, with topsoil composed of frail sheets of lava the splinter underfoot. This Contrada produces the fullest style of the 6 individual wines. It has body and finesse, while the palate is savoury and structured, with ripe red fruit and a citrus zest character, alongside fine-grained tannins, and bright acidity.

A denser wine, this is one that will reward those with patience to let it unfurl.

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.

Region: Mt Etna, Italy
Blend: Nerello Mascalese (100%)
ABV: 13%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "A rich display of black cherry, licorice, tar and smoke unfolds as the 2018 Contrada Porcaria (P) challenges the imagination. This is dark and brooding in character, the silky wave of black fruit and minerals evolving into a more tactile display of fine-grained tannins and savory exotic spice. The Porcaria is almost salty at times, saturating to the senses and youthfully clenched. Notes of currants and tobacco linger incredibly long. This will require some time in the cellar to show its best, but it will be well worth the wait." Eric Guido (Vinous)

94 Points - "P” is most often in the lower pecking order, at least for my tastes, but 2018 has delivered a lovely wine. Deep and dark, distinct dried oregano and meat character, earthy, with some liquorice too. Cherry and baked earth, firm silty tannin, savoury porcini flavour and ginger biscuits, with a long finish offering plenty of chew and orange peel. Excellent. There may be a small amount of cork taint in this bottle, but looking through that…" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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