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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The hot summer of '07 on Mount Etna terminated in damp weather and overcast skies in October and early November, which is when we usually pick Nerello Mascalese. The vines were able to use that humidity to jump out of hydric stress and grow slowly into a certain ripeness. We gradually picked from our vineyards on the flank of the volcano, starting with the lowest, at 500 mt. a.s.l. and finishing at 1000 mt, at Guardiola. The wine is kind and young and very subtle; its powers are hidden; time in bottle will be bringing them out for a long time.
"Vintner Andrea Franchetti (a Tuscan interloper on Mt. Etna) has successful managed that difficult balance between power and elegance. This gorgeous wine is pure, direct, focused and sharp with pretty berry and floral notes backed by smoky volcanic impulses. The wine exudes richness and opulence, but not in an exaggerated way."
"The just-bottled 2007 Passopisciaro is a weightless yet powerful wine redolent of sweet candied cherries, flowers, herbs and minerals. The wine reveals lovely density and purity, even if a few days of rain towards the end of the growing season in November robbed it of the intensity that informs the very finest vintages. Still, there is gorgeous purity to the fruit that insures this will be fascinating wine to follow over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021.
The Wine Advocate
In 2000, before Etna and its ancient vineyards become a place of pilgrimage by winemakers, and home to a new generation of wineries, Andrea Franchetti decided that he would create an estate on the slopes of the volcano. Passopisciaro winery was created, with 40 acres in the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the north side of Etna, at about a thousand meters altitude, where he...Read More About Passopisciaro
Sicily makes a lot o' wine. From Marsala, the sweet, fortified wine of the region, to up-and-coming Nero d'Avola, this hot and hilly region is diverse. Sicily was at one time more quantity focused than quality, and while it's still producing a great deal of wine, the quality coming out is much better. With poor soil (great for grapes), warm sunshine, little...Read More About Sicily
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...Read More About Other Red Blends
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