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Etna, Sicily

Passopisciaro

Eight years after landing in Tuscany, where he established Tenuta di Trinoro, Andrea Franchetti acquired Passopisciaro ("Fisherman's Path"), an ancient vineyard and winery, on the slopes of Sicily's Mt. Etna. In the town of Castiglione, he planted 40 acres of vines on the north side of Etna, at an elevation that peaks at just over 1,000m. And while the lava-strewn slopes of Etna were a hot bed in the 1920's, it is only in the last 10 years that vintners began to reexamine the area as ripe for quality wine production.

With ancient terraces and a long ripening season that extends into November, Mt. Etna is an active volcano with mineral rich lava soil that greatly benefits the two varietals that thrive here: Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. Embracing the latter of the two, Franchetti first released Passopisciaro, a blend of 100% Nerello Mascalese from different Contrada (or Crus).

In 2009, Andrea introduced five other wines, all from single vineyards with different terroir and elevations. By using these high elevations to reduce yields and alcohol content, Franchetti mastered Nerello Mascalese,an indigenous Sicilian grape that produces pale, lean, and delicate "northern" wines that are reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Of the five Contrada Etna - including Rampante, Chiappemacine, Sciaranuova, Guardiola and Porcaria - that Franchetti released in 2009, all used to be blended together for the Passopisciao wine. However, in 2008 the Passopiscario was made from a blend of pickings from Contradas Malpasso, Guardiola, Santo Spirito, and Arcuria. Light ruby in color, this is a smoky wine with lush berry fruit and a touch of spice, that finishes surprisingly lean and minerally with lingering light fruit.

Wines Passopisciaro

Wine Region Vintage Unit Price/unit
Wine Terre Siciliane Igt Contrada Chiappemacine Region Sicily Vintage 2012 Unit 0.75lt Price/unit 35.00€
Tipe Red WA 92 WS 91 Avail 3 INFO BUY
Wine Terre Siciliane Igt Contrada Chiappemacine Region Sicily Vintage 2013 Unit 0.75lt Price/unit 37.00€
Tipe Red WA - WS 91 Avail 4 INFO BUY
Wine Terre Siciliane Igt Contrada Guardiola Region Sicily Vintage 2013 Unit 0.75lt Price/unit 45.00€
Tipe Red WA 92 WS 92 Avail 3 INFO BUY
Wine Terre Siciliane Igt Contrada Porcaria Region Sicily Vintage 2013 Unit 0.75lt Price/unit 55.00€
Tipe Red WA - WS 91 Avail 2 INFO BUY
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