2020 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso

Passopisciaro |Sicily |Nerello Mascalese
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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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.

The cold slopes of Etna have produced an ethereal, gentle wine, pale of colour but holding plenty of tangy acidity and dusty tannin.

A grower not a shower, sappy and engaging.

Formerly Passopisciaro, Passorosso is made from the grapes of nerello mascalese, blending across different altitudes and soil types. This wine is a holistic expression of the breadth of flavors that Etna can produce with a character that distills this unique growing environment in a glass, reflecting the variations of each vintage.

The wines age in large, neutral oak barrels and are unfiltered, presenting an interpretation of nerello mascalese that is bright, pure, red-fruited, mineral, and herbaceous, and with age, it begins to lose its color and gain exotic aromas of camphor, sandalwood, and spice. The first vintage was in 2001. Starting with this vintage, Passorosso has been designated Etna Rosso DOC.

93 points - “The 2020 Passorosso is spicy, showing dried flowers, hints of cardamom and white pepper before its dusty cherry fruit comes to the fore. Soft and enveloping, this impresses with a pure mix of red fruits and inner rose tones guided by cooling acidity. It finishes lightly structured and with a bitter twang of sour berry concentration. While the Passorosso is typically a more forward expression, the 2020 could use another year of cellaring before showing its best. That said, it’s a very pretty wine that is packed full of potential. Drinking Window: 2023 – 2028” - Eric Guido (Vinous)

91 Points - “The 2020 Etna Rosso Passorosso has a bright and punchy bouquet with blackcurrant, rosemary sprig, white pepper, cola and ferrous earth or rusty nail. There is a sanguine, almost metallic element to the bouquet. The wine proceeds with medium texture, firm tannins and good length. Much of that power is fueled by a 15% alcohol content. This vintage saw 29,800 bottles made, which is much less than normal production numbers. Drink Date:2023 – 2028″ - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate)

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    Mark L.
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    1 year ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Lovely drop from Etna

    This is showing early signs of being a really lovely Nerello Mascalese. It is still quite young but has lovely hints of cherry, smoke and earth. It is quite complex for its age and will only improve

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    Romain S.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A unique wine

    Such a unique wine. Very vibrant and fruit driven, with a strong backbone and acidity. You can taste the volcanic soil. Highly recommend this wine

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