Terre Siciliane IGP, Sicily, Italy
Vinous 90 points; Wine Spectator 90 points!
Passopisciaro Passorosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese from vineyards 70-100 years old made by one of the iconic winegrowers of Sicily. Before Andrea Franchetti visited Sicily in 2000, Mt. Etna's professional winegrowing community had all but disbanded over the period between WWII and 1981. Commercial-scale viticulture could not overcome the cost of growing grapes in such an extreme terrain and climate, and the major 1981 and 1991/1992 eruptions of Mt. Etna were the ultimate disincentive to struggling growers from investing even further. Today all that has changed, with wonderful wines coming from this region.
The Vinous review: 90 points:
"Bright red. Pungent aromas of red berries, violet and fresh herbs. Fresh and crisp in the mouth, with dominant flavors of sour red cherry and red berries. Finishes very long, with a lacy mineral overlay but slightly tough tannins. A lovely wine in a higher-acid, more austere style than most from Passopisciaro." -Ian D'Agata
Winemaker Andrea Franchetti says of this vintage, "Once in the cellar, the musts had an acidic quality, with intense and dark fruits, very different from the bright, round, and rich 2012. For Barolo lovers, 2013 is a vintage not to miss, because of its austerity and elegance, freshness and intensity."
Enjoy Passopisciaro Passorosso over the next 6-8 years with osso bucco, lasagna, grilled meats and aged cheeses.