2010 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sicily
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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100% Nerello Mascalese

"A light, elegant red, delivering perfumed cherry and currant fruit notes followed by hints of spice box and tobacco on the lingering, minerally finish. Nero Mascalese. Drink now through 2017." (WS)

"The 2010 Passopisciaro is deceptively mid-weight, but behind the light color and seeming fleeting structure lies a deeply expressive core of perfumed red berries, crushed rocks, flowers and mint. A burst of deep salinity frames the bracing finish. Quite simply, this is a stunning wine. Think of the Passopisciaro as a cross of Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin and Gattinara. The Passopisciaro bottling is made from parcels in Guardiola and smaller pieces that aren’t large enough to be bottled separately. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.

Andrea Franchetti describes 2010 as a cold year on the Etna that yielded wines of energy and cut. That is certainly the recurring theme in this set of new releases. Once again, Franchetti has produced a number of wines that set the bar for what can be achieved on the Etna. This is a stunning set of new releases." (WA)