Passopisciaro Franchetti I.G.T. Petit Verdot, Cesanese d’Affile

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

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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Specifications

BLEND
60% Petit Verdot; 40%  Cesanese d’Affile
HARVEST DATES
October 22
VINEYARD AGE
15 years
VINEYARD AREA
2 Ha
VINEYARD DENSITY
12,300 vines/Ha
VINEYARD ALTITUDE
900 meters/2,900 feet above sea level
YIELD PER HECTARE
17 Hl/Ha
SPRAYING
Propolis, clay, grapefruit seed extract
VINIFICATION
Fermentation in 30hl steel vats for 14 days
AGING
6 months in new French oak barriques and 14 months in large  cement vessels
BOTTLING
Waning moon of April 2018
PRODUCTION
4,000 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

Vinous Media – 98+pts – 2016
Wine Enthusiast 93 – 2017
Wine Spectator – 92pts – 2016
International Wine Review – 97pts – 2012; Top 100 Wines of 2017