2018 Passopisciaro Franchetti

Highly Rated
Passopisciaro |Sicily |Petit Verdot
A blend from Mt Etna showcasing the singular characteristics of Petit Verdot and Cesanese d'Affile in volcanic soils.

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The top wine of Passopisciaro, this is a ‘super-Etna’ blend of Bordeaux grape Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile, a grape native to Lazio. Yet here in the soils of Etna, they take on unique characteristics in combination with the living volcanic soils of this region.<>

This is a true ‘winemaker's wine’, denser and more concentrated than the wines of the indigenous Nerello grape. Still with its hallmark structure, the PV becomes more peppery and spicy, leaner and stiffer than in Bordeaux, while the CdA is a gentle aromatic counter to this.

An individual wine of Etna, something wholly representative of its maker, and his vision.

The Cesanese stood up well to the vintage’s difficult nature, although we picked it slightly earlier than usual. It gives more pronounced aromas of orange blossom this vintage, while maintaining its typical acidity. The Petit Verdot was picked 10 days later, with the second quarter of the waxing moon, allowing us to bring in perfectly healthy grapes with a classical structure alongside the Mediterranean richness that growing here on Etna brings to this Bordeaux variety.

97 Points - "The 2018 Franchetti coats the glass in an inky purple color while putting on a dramatic display of rich blackberry and plum sauce, lavender, sage, mocha and hints of smoke. Its velvety textures wash shades of blue and black fruit across the palate, which is seamless and elegant in feel, supported by underpinnings of salty minerals and savory herbs. There’s so much going on here, and much more to come through proper cellaring, as this winds down incredibly long and gently tannic, signing off with a resonating note of citrus-tinged currants and spice. The 2018 is a more refined and lifted expression of Franchetti that should enjoy a long and wide drinking window. This is an equal-parts blend of Petit Verdot and Cesanese Daffile." Eric Guido (Vinous)

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