2012 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Contrada Chiappemacine, Etna (750ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: Etna
Grape Varietal: Nerello Mascalese
Review Score: 92WA, 92WE, 91WS
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

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The "C" in the 2012 Contrada C stands for Chiappemacine. This is a 1.2 hectare vineyard planted to 80-year-old vines at 550 meters above sea level. The soils here consist of a thin layer of volcanic lava that allows the roots to penetrate the sandy limestone below. This results in a softer wine with a round and plush mouthfeel. Bright berry nuances are followed by pressed rose petal and crushed stone. I would suggest a slightly shorter drinking window for Contrada C. It ages in botte grande for 18 months.

92 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # Interim - Sep 2015)

Juicy red berry, brimstone, leather, licorice, mint and thyme are just some of the aromas and flavors of this powerfully structured wine. Despite the muscular build, it’s also loaded with finesse, boasting firm but noble tannins that accompany the layers of savory flavors. Drink 2016–2022.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2015)

Open-knit and woodsy up front, with approachable black cherry, licorice string, smoke and sandalwood flavors, featuring supple tannins that firm up on the solid finish. Should develop with decanting or short-term cellaring. Nerello Mascalese. Drink now through 2028. 240 cases made.

91 points, Wine Spectator (2015)