2019 Vini Franchetti (Passopisciaro) Contrada Sciaranuova Etna Rosso
Andrea Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna in 2000 as one of the first of the modern wave of producers arriving on the volcano. There he found seventy to one hundred year-old, bush-trained vines across the northern side of the volcano across a variety of optimal sites between 550 and 1,000 meters (1,800 to 3,300 feet) above sea level. The grapes are taken from various contrade (crus) of Malpasso, Guardiola, Santo Spirito, Favazza and Arcuria; generally, the higher crus are on a more gravelly soil, the lower ones in a deeper powder made with more oxidized, older lavas.
If you want to know what Etna is all about, I reckon this is a textbook example. Ripe red fruits, cherry, spice and pepper, but just so tense and slate driven in texture. all the crushed rock and volcanic stuff, powerful yet succulent. Aniseed and bergamot, with a firm long finish of flowing lava and mineral thrust. Outstanding. Drink 2023-2030+.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Red berry, rose, wild herb, dark spice and slate aromas shape the enticing nose on this fragrant, gorgeous red. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the savory palate has an ethereal weightlessness, featuring ripe Marasca cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and white pepper before a flinty mineral finish. It already has tension and great depth, but hold a few more years for more complexity. Drink 2024–2031.
Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast
100% Nerello Mascalese grown in Contrada Sciarenuova at 850 m above sea level. Fermentation in stainless steel with a total skin-contact time of 15 days. MLF and ageing for 18 months in large oak casks.
Just mid ruby. Iron and raspberry. A sense of depth and richness on the nose but still a little subdued. A hint of oak. Mouth-watering raspberry fruit palate but not tart. A firm layer of fine-grained tannin. Very elegant, yet gripping and layered. Drink 2022 – 2028.
Walter Speller - jancisrobinson.com