2021 Passopisciaro Passorosso Etna Rosso

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.

92 Points - "It’s called Passorosso now, and has been for a while, though I will stick to the knitting because that’s how it’s known here on TWF, as Etna Rosso. Vines are 80-110 years of age. Strawberry, cherry, sage leaf, something quite steely/stony, dried roses, and don’t mind me, but more than a bit of Keen’s curry powder too. It’s a juicy wine, red fruits, dried herbs, orange rind, some honey almond richness, bright acidity, plenty of dry and dusty peppery tannin, a little warming alcohol, with a firm gravelly finish of good length. It’s maybe a bit too breathy in alcohol, though it does have structure and plenty of classic Etna character." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Mark L.
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    1 year ago
    2020 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso
    2020 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso
    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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    3 years ago
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    2020 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso
    2020 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso
    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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