Passopisciaro Passobianco 2017


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“The 2017 Passobianco shows a pretty straw-gold color with aromas of Golden Delicious apple, honey and a touch of sweetly toasted almond. This is a mid-weight wine that remains light and balanced on the palate thanks to those distinctive background notes of volcanic ash and sea salt. This is an extremely Mediterranean expression of Chardonnay. Some 25,000 bottles were released. Drink: 2019-2026. 92 points

As a note of housekeeping, I want to point out that the estate name seems to be transitioning from Passopisciaro (which is also the name of a town on Etna) to Vini Franchetti, after proprietor Andrea Franchetti. I have changed the brand name to Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti to be consistent with what I see printed in the winery’s literature, although I do notice that the front label of these wines reads Vini Franchetti only.

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/19)