Passopisciaro Contrada “R” Rampante, Nerello Mascalese I.G.P.

1,000 m asl. From century old vines growing on a very ancient lava spill with extremely fine granules in our highest vineyard. It is our most rarified and ethereal expression of Nerello Mascalese.

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Description

1,000 m asl. From century old vines growing on a very ancient lava spill with extremely fine granules in our highest vineyard. It is our most rarified and ethereal expression of Nerello Mascalese.

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Specifications

BLEND
100% Nerello Mascalese
HARVEST DATES
October 29
VINEYARD AGE
100 years
VINEYARD AREA
1.7 Ha
VINEYARD DENSITY
8,000 vines/Ha
VINEYARD ALTITUDE
1,000 meters/3,300 feet above sea level
YIELD PER HECTARE
17.6 Hl/Ha
SPRAYING
Propolis, clay, grapefruit seed extract
VINIFICATION
Alcoholic fermentation for 15 days in steel vats
AGING
Malolactic fermentation in large, neutral oak barrels, then 18 months aging in large, neutral oak barrels
BOTTLING
Waning moon of April 2019
PRODUCTION
2,730 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

Wine Enthusiast – 98pts – 2016; 95pts – 2017; 97pts – 2014
Wine Spectator – 94pts – 2016
International Wine Review – 93pts – 2016