Passopisciaro Contrada “P” Porcaria, Nerello Mascalese I.G.P.

Unique blend of Petit Verdot and Cesanese d’Affile  grown in contrada Guardiola at 820 m asl. The  winemaker’s interpretation of a full-bodied wine on Etna.

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Description

650 m asl. This famed vineyard produces one of Etna’s richest, most full-bodied expressions of Nerello Mascalese, packed with bramble fruit and mineral flavors.

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Specifications

BLEND
100% Nerello Mascalese
HARVEST DATES
October 20
VINEYARD AGE
90 years
VINEYARD AREA
1.5 Ha
VINEYARD DENSITY
8,000 vines/Ha
VINEYARD ALTITUDE
650 m/2,100 feet above sea level
YIELD PER HECTARE
16 Hl/Ha
SPRAYING
Propolis, clay, grapefruit seed extract
VINIFICATION
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days
AGING
Malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months aging in large, neutral oak barrels
BOTTLING
Waning moon of April 2019
PRODUCTION
2,900 bottles

The Producer

Andrea Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna in 2000 and helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the region as a quality wine region. Franchetti makes eight different wines at his winery Passopisciaro, fewer than 8,000 total cases annually. Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe, given to relatively frequent lava spills. These spills devastate the landscape, yet each flow leaves a unique mineral profile, giving rise to the notion of various terroirs, here called Contrade. The borders of the Contrade reflect old feudal property lines, which are still mapped out on the local land registry. As Passopisciaro, we respect and play to the strengths of the terroir on Etna, producing wines of remarkable complexity and individual personality.

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Awards

International Wine Review – 95pts – 2016
Wine Enthusiast 97 – 2017; 94pts – 2016
Wine Spectator – 94pts – 2016
I Vini di Veronelli 2019
Super Tre Stelle
Veronelli 2017, 95 points, 3stelle