Passopisciaro Contrada G 2018


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“A release of 3,860 bottles, the Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti 2018 Contrada G draws its Nerello Mascalese from the Guardiola vineyard, located in the village of Castiglione di Sicilia, with vines at 800 meters in elevation. This site is walled off by a much newer lava flow that formed in 1947, but it stopped before damaging the ancient vines. The wine is lean and streamlined with a mild and pretty bouquet focused on wild berry, rose potpourri, ash and hints of tarry spice and smoke. Some dustings of white pepper also appear. Its polished tannins are fully integrated into the wine’s light texture. You might enjoy it with a Sicilian minestra with lentils. Drink: 2021-2030. 92 points

Very few people know more about making fine Italian wine than Andrea Franchetti, who farms in Tuscany but was courageously among the first to believe in and invest in the potential of Etna. Just recently, I awarded Andrea’s Tenuta di Trinoro 2019 Tenuta di Trinoto a perfect 100-point score. That wine is made far off the beaten track in Sarteano in southern Tuscany. Now completing his 19th harvest on Etna, Franchetti and his team have a deep understanding of the volcanic soils and the sometimes dramatic weather conditions at these high altitudes. This set of new releases includes a new wine. It is a Chardonnay-based white from the Contrada PC (Passochianche) with vines between 870 and 950 meters in elevation planted in steep, labor-intensive terraces. This inaugural release shows well in the rainy 2018 vintage, as Chardonnay is often harvested early. But the 2018 reds presented here all taste thinner and shorter compared to recent past vintages. This is a common trait across the 2018 Etna reds that experienced humidity, rain and thick fog banks. If you were to taste Franchetti’s single-vineyard wines in order of increasing vineyard elevation, from lowest to highest parcel in meters above sea level, they would be Contrada C (550 meters), Contrada P (650 meters), Contrada G (800 meters), Contrada S (850 meters) and Contrada R (1,000 meters).”

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (257)