Frank Cornelissen "Susucaru" Etna Rosato

SKU #1108343

I'd like to think that this is the kind of wines that if you have to ask about you won't like it and shouldn't buy it, it is really different. Frank Cornelissen is an extraordinary person and makes wines with a ....flair for the let's just let it happen. This particular Rosato is unusual for Rose because it is made with white grapes and red grapes co-fermented together for 45 days on the skins. That means some real tannin mixed in with the Cidery, somewhat cloudy, tangy unusualness. If you are prepared for the "is that wine?" experience go ahead and buy this it is really unique and quite tasty, but definitely a hearty food wine to be treated more like a red than a Rose. Good luck! Greg St.Clair K&L Wine Merchants Italian Buyer. "One of the most unusual but enjoyable rosÚs you'll ever experience," says Chris Miller, K&L Italian wine specialist.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/22/2012  | Send Email
What can I say about the wines of Frank Cornelissen? I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Frank earlier this year where he drove me around to his various vineyard sites and expoused to me his philosophy, not just on viticulture and winemaking, but life in general (the parallels between the two indeed stike an accordance). Anyway, I'm a convert, and while I don't find every one of his wines to my liking, this rosato is simply off the charts delicious. It's unusual of course (all his wines are) but not terribly out there. There may be a touch of spritz immediately upon opening, but this will blow off with a little time in the glass (decant if you can). Loads of pretty tart cherry, cranberry and watermelon frame a core of that utterly intriguing volcanic minerality I find in all his wines. Add to this lovely acidity and some ultrafine, silky tannins and what you end up with is simply put one of the coolest wines out there. I can't recommend it highly enough, but must be approached with an open mind. Enjoy! CM

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Sicily