2017 Passorosso Etna Rosso DOC

Case of 6 bottles

Varietals: 100% Nerello Mascalese

Vinification/Ageing: Alcoholic fermentation for 15 days in steel vats; malolactic fermentation in large oak barrels.  10 months ageing in large oak barrels and cement, with an additional 6 months in bottle.

Description: The nerello mascalese wines of 2017 are strong in body, powerful in
structure, with notes of ripe red fruits, blood orange, pomegranate, and camphor.

Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 93 points, Editors’ Choice: “Aromas of ripe wild berry and Mediterranean scrub alongside a whiff of eucalyptus take shape in the glass. Juicy and smooth, the palate offers crushed raspberry, strawberry compote, licorice and notes of exotic incense framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. A tangy mineral note gives the finish tension. Drink through 2027.”

Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, 91 points: “The 2017 Etna Rosso Passorosso is a mid-weight wine with added succulence and concentration that comes naturally to this vintage. The wine shows the characteristics of Etna with wild berry aromas that cede to blue flower, smoke, tar, toasted aniseed and campfire ash. This is one of the most accessible and easy-drinking reds from Andrea Franchetti.”

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 89 points: “Dried raspberry and fresh brown bread notes are underscored by stemmy herb and smoke flavors in this savory red, which is medium-bodied, ending with a chewy finish. Drink now through 2023”.


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Formerly called 'Passopisciaro'