Passopisciaro Contrada “S” Sciaranuova, Nerello Mascalese I.G.P.

820 m asl. The vines here are planted on relatively new lava flow (1600s) that has turned into thick gravel. The wines are bright, aromatic, and taste of fermented hay and dusty wild herbs.

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Description

820 m asl. The vines here are planted on relatively new lava flow (1600s) that has turned into thick gravel. The wines are bright, aromatic, and taste of fermented hay and dusty wild herbs.

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Specifications

BLEND
100% Nerello Mascalese
HARVEST DATES
October 20
VINEYARD AGE
90 years
VINEYARD AREA
1 Ha
VINEYARD DENSITY
8,000 vines/Ha
VINEYARD ALTITUDE
850 meters/2,800 feet above sea level
YIELD PER HECTARE
20 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
2,450 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 – 96pts – 2016
Wine Spectator – 92pts – 2016
Wine Review – 94pts – 2016
Vinous Media – 94pts – 2016
Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines to Collect 2018