Grape: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Region: Sicily, Italy
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2026
Perfect with: Duck liver parfait with brandy and sourdough
You’ll love if you love: Medium bodied red with intense red fruit flavours
Why you’ll love it:
In 2000 Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily. The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano.
Passorosso is what started the Passopisciaro journey before Franchetti ventured into producing single vineyard lines. The Passorosso is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese produced from a blend of 5 different sites with varying altitudes and vines averaging 100 years old! This wine is a holistic expression of the breadth of flavours that Etna can produce with a character that distills this unique growing environment in a glass, reflecting the variations of each vintage. And 2014 was one of the best vintages in Etna.
Intriguing nose with aromas of red fruits, raspberry, violets and a hint of smokey minerals. Palate is wonderfully ripe yet light and lifted with flavours of ripe red cherries, red currant, meaty, smokiness and a hint of salinity. Medium to full bodied with smooth fine tannins and a long finish.