jamie goode's wine blog: Incredible red from Sicily

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Incredible red from Sicily

Lots of good wines on show at the Bunch tasting today. The Bunch is a grouping of five of the UK's leading merchants: Berry Bros & Rudd, Corney & Barrow, Adnams, Tanners and Yapp. Here's one of my favourites:

Passopiscaro 2006 Sicily
Made by Andrea Franchetti of Tenuto di Trinorio fame, this is a wonderfully complex wine from Mount Etna, a region of Sicily thatís currently attracting a lot of attention. Franchetti has 8 hectares of old vines, at high altitude (from 650Ė1000 m), and this is a varietal Nerello Mascalese, harvested in November. Viticulture is organic, with no herbicides or fertilizers; 2300 case made. Itís a pale cherry colour with a wonderfully complex nose of red berry and cherry fruit together with savoury, spicy, herby, slightly meaty notes in the mix. The palate is rich, generous, spicy and herby with lovely warmth and some complex meaty, earthy notes. Imagine a cross between a refined, old-style Barolo, top red Burgundy and Ch‚teau Musar, and you are sort of getting there. Amazing complexity, a hint of funk, but just lovely. 93/100 (£26.79 Corney & Barrow)

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At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Interesting. I had this wine at a C&B "meet the winemaker" type evening a couple of years ago and felt it was quite good, but over-priced - maybe not the finished article (but it was one of the first vintages). I'll have to seek it out again sometime.

Cupole di Trinoro is one my very favourite wines at a reasonable price.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At £27 a bottle this should be lovely shouldn't it?


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