What an absolute pleasure to spend an all to brief session talking Etna, Passopisciaro, Nerello Mascelese & drinking a few of Passopisciaro’s Contrade.
When you hear of the wine history of Mount Etna, the renewal of ancient vineyards grown on flows it’s hard to imagine anyone ever deciding to climb up a hill to an altitude of 1,000m and plant a vineyard below an active volcano.
The results have been spectacular and over the last 20 years driven by producers like Passopisciaro, we have seen an incredible array of wines full of personality come from Mount Etna.
The Contrada we tried during this session showed a vintage in 2017 that has produced wines that a more approachable than the 2016’s, whilst having wonderful mouthfeel, great depth and length, and, that hallmark Passopisciaro harmony! The bottle of Guardiola I devoured after the session was stunning & the Rampante just devine drinking over the next couple of days!
The lowest of Passopisciaro's contrada. Chiappemacine is typically fuller and richer by comparison$90ea in any 3+, $85ea in any 6+ $95.00 More Info
Passopisciaro Contrada ‘C’ Chiappemacine Nerello Mascelese 2017
Meaning New Lava Flow it's young soils have not broken down to release as much nutrient as the olds flows. Treating the vines mean and keeping them lean!$103ea in any 3+, $98ea in any 6+ $108.00 More Info
Passopisciaro Contrada ‘S’ Sciaranuova Nerello Mascelese 2017
Lower elevation builds more generosity into Porcaria. Such wonderful texture!$123ea in any 3+, $118ea in any 6+ $128.00 More Info
Passopisciaro Contrada ‘P’ Porcaria Nerello Mascelese 2017
The Highest Elevation Contrada owned by Passopisciaro making delicious Ethereal wines!$97ea in any 3+, $92ea in any 6+ $102.00 More Info
Passopisciaro Contrada ‘R’ Rampante Nerello Mascelese 2017
Guardiola higher elevation puts it on the more elegant side of the scales!$110ea in any 3+, $105ea in any 6+ $115.00 More Info
Passopisciaro Contrada ‘G’ Guardiola Nerello Mascelese 2017