Passopisciaro Passorosso Nerello Mascelese 2016

These wines are spectacular, loaded with personality, a true expression of extreme sites!

Made from Nerello Mascelese, some call it the Barolo of the South, others a cross between Pinot & Nebbiolo. I prefer to say it is itself & delicious. The vineyards of Etna have undergone a major renaissance in the last couple of decades. Passipisciaro has been one of the wineries at the forefront. I was blown away the first time I tasted this wine. I can’t wait to try the 2016.

$65ea in any 3+, $62ea in any 6+

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Formerly Passopisciaro, Passorosso is made from the grapes of Nerello Mascalese, blending across different altitudes and soil types.

These wines are spectacular, loaded with personality, a true expression of extreme sites, they have an amazing perfume and despite their almost translucent colour have incredible depth and length of flavour. There’s a real tension between tannins that can be very supple yet a little edgy. They are always layered with so many flavours that it’s had to pull them apart. My tip, don’t, harmony should just be enjoyed without over thinking it!

Check out our Wine Bites Article “Passopisciaro 2013 Contrade (Single Vineyard Wines), Nerello Mascelese from Etna on the Tasting Bench” to find out more about the history of this estate and the extreme nature of the vineyards, including reviews of the Contrade from 2013 and 2012.

95 Points

Tasted at the winery in August, and I believe it’ll be in the country in a month or so.

Raspberry, cherry, light spice and smokiness, almond, floral prettiniess this vintage too. Bright red fruits, firm, brick dust tannin, very ‘mineral’ and stony, slip of orange peel and dried herb on the finish. It’s a complete iteration of Passorosso with weight of fruit, freshness and perfume all in the mix. Splendid.

Gary Walsh

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Passopisciaro Winery, Via Guardiola, Castiglione di Sicilia, Province of Catania, Italy