Frank Cornelissen "MunJebel 9" Etna Rosso

SKU #1147866

I visited Frank at his "winery" on the slopes of Mt. Etna a couple of years ago. He doesn't really "make" wine, it pretty much makes itself in amphora buried in the ground. Frank just puts in the grapes and stands back--no sulfites, no nothing. This fascinating red is a blend of various vineyards (contradas) as well as various vintages, as expressed through a selection of 100% ripe Nerello Mascalese. This expresses the lost traditions of blending particular vineyards for the making of the once reputed Etna Rosso. This wine is a light red and is fizzy and well...it stinks at first, some serious funk. However, the funk dissipates in your mouth and the wine begins to show incredilbe texture (once you get past the fizzy part), persistent flavors of rose and spice, the hallmarks of the delicate Nerello Mascalese grape, layered with delicate mineral and some weight and richness. This wine is a real experience. Though unless you are truly a WINE GEEK MAXIMUS, you might want to pass. Keep this unique wine in the fridge. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian Wine Buyer)

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Price: $41.99

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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