2014 Passopisciaro "Passorosso" Etna Rosso Sicilia

SKU #1294677 97 points Vinous

 Bright red-ruby. The captivating nose combines strawberry, raspberry, minerals, violet and flint aromas. Creamy-sweet but amazingly light on its feet, offering palate-staining, perfumed flavors of soft red berries, ripe red cherry, vanilla, aromatic herbs and crushed rock. Rich, ripe and suave, but displays a penetrating, saline and energetic quality that gives this beauty a three-dimensional mouthfeel and a light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with great length and wonderfully polished tannins. Absolute knockout wine: from a memorable vintage on Etna, this is most likely the best Passorosso ever (in earlier vintages, it used to be called simply Passopisciaro). Mainly Nerello Mascalese. (ID)  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Mouthwatering and medium-bodied, with expressive plum, pomegranate, spice box and dried marjoram flavors. There's grip here, but the tannins are plush and well-knit. A subtle streak of smoke lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (AN)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
2014 was an outstanding vintage on Mount Etna perhaps less glorious in the rest of Italy but sensational for the Etna Rosso DOC. Passopisciaro Passorosso is a stunning wine the nose is full of smoke, wild cherry, leather, spice and gives you the sensation of having a lot more to give I couldn’t describe everything, it’s just overflowing. On the palate this wine makes a very bold statement, it fills your mouth with a luscious density that is a new dimension for Etna Rosso, so much richer than most. The flavors are saturated; waves of sweet, plumy/cherry fruit followed by flows of smoke, herb and leather then more fruit and again more fruit. This is a fairly high alcohol wine 15.5% but it isn’t out of balance, it’s very rich but it never loses its poise and focus. A truly outstanding wine!
Drink from 2017 to 2024

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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.
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Sicily