Pop me in Pseuds corner, maybe, but gee, this is a special sort of wine.
About This Wine
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 Sciaranuova is located at 850 m (2,800 ft) above sea level on Mount Etna. In Sicilian, "sciara nuova" means "new lava flow." The vines here are planted on relatively new lava flow from the 1600s that has turned into thick gravel. This produces quite a rich wine, with beautiful aromatics.
So enticing; Mediterranean herbs, wild berries, and pretty rose notes on the nose, followed by a more elegant and tangy fruit spectrum on the palate, with of course the spice character so distinct in Etna Nerello. Integrated tannins and lively acidity round out this 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.
The winery sits at in a spectacular setting at 1000m asl above the town of Passopisciaro. The focus in on the native grape Nerello Mascalese, of which they make six different iterations. Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile are also planted.