From the slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily’s live volcano come some spectacular wines. It takes passion to grow grapes and make wines on an active volcano, so you better do it right. Passopisciaro winery crafts special red wines using the native Sicilian grape Norello Mascalese to its full potential. Passopisciaro also makes fantastic white wines using native Sicilian grapes as well as a Chardonnay from one its slope side vineyards.
Contrada Chiappemacine, 2010 is light ruby red with aromas of cherry and strawberry. The palate follows the nose with plenty of red fruit and earth with smooth tannins that lead to a long finish. Contrada roughly translates into cru. This means that the grapes for the Contrada Chiappemacine are grown at different vineyards grown at different altitudes on the slopes of Mount Etna. The Chiappemecine is the lowest vineyard on the slopes.
Franchetti Red, 2009, named after the winery’s owner, Andrea Franchetti, is a blend of Cesanese d’Affile (80%) and Petit Verdot (20’%). It is dark ruby red with dark red fruit and plenty of minerals. The palate is alive with blueberries and a nice jammy quality with a peppery finish.
Rosso Passopisciaro, 2010, is light red with a complex nose of cherry, wet slate, leather and earth. The palate displays tart cherry with wild flowers and plenty of earthiness. Smooth tannins with nice acidity leads to a long dry finish.
These wines might not be able to find, but ask your wine merchant to order some for you and wait to be amazed!