2012 Passopisciaro "Passopisciaro" Sicily
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An IGT Terre Siciliane wine, the 2012 Passopisciaro is 100% Nerello Mascalese aged in botte grande for 18 months. The wine opens to a light garnet hue that is characteristic of the grape and the hot vintage. This Etna grape can easily bleach out its color. The wine's bouquet reveals volcanic tones of brimstone and ash with pretty contours of wild berry, cassis and blue flower. There's a pretty sense of lift and buoyancy in the mouth thanks to the pure energy and intensity of its fruit. Despite the wine's light color, this is a firecracker red in terms of its appeal to the nose and palate. (ML)
Aromas of red berry, brimstone, white pepper, Mediterranean herb and a whiff of leather come together in the glass. The creamy palate offers wild strawberry, juicy cherry, cinnamon and savory herb alongside bright acidity and firm, polished tannins. It’s vibrant, with compelling tension.
A well-knit red, with a subtle vibrancy to the pure cherry and strawberry fruit and aromatic hints of anise, leather, graphite and sandalwood. Fine-grained tannins lend some grip to the juicy finish. Nerello Mascalese. (Web Only—2015)