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Passopisciaro IGT 2007 Magnum
Fine Sicilian wine grown on Mount Etna from various parcels of old Nerello Mascalese - an indigenous grape variety - between 30 and 120 years old.
Andrea Franchetti has embarked upon an exciting new venture with Passopisciaro in Sicily. From this lively, volcanic landscape, he is producing wines which reflect the complex minerality of its soils, whilst maintaining a complex fruit profile and essential elegance.This is fresh with balanced acidity showing red fruits and stone minerality.
Nerello Mascalese, 2007, Dry, Medium bodied, 14%, Cork
Tim Atkin, Timatkin.com (August 2011)
"Made from volcanic Etna's nerello mascalese grape, this fragrant red with its intense fraise du bois and cherry flavours and spicy oak is Sicily's unique answer to red Burgundy."
Anthony Rose, The Independant (August 2010)
This refers to the 2008 vintage:
"Recently, I bought a bottle of the 2008 Sicilia, which carries the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designation; Franchetti ages this red for 18 to 20 months in 30- and 50-hectoliter neutral oak casks to retain the fruit character and essence of place. Made from 100 percent Nerello Mascalese, it�s a light ruby color, featuring tart cherry, sanguine, graphite and iron aromas and flavors. Though lightweight and gossamer in texture, it shows fine intensity and a long mineral finish." 90/100