List of products by winery Passopisciaro Andrea Franchetti

With ancient terraces and a long ripening season that extends into November, Mt. Etna is an active volcano with mineral rich lava soil that greatly benefits the two varietals that thrive here: Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. Embracing the latter of the two, Franchetti first released Passopisciaro, a blend of 100% Nerello Mascalese from different Contrada (or Crus).

In 2009, Andrea introduced five other wines, all from single vineyards with different terroir and elevations. By using these high elevations to reduce yields and alcohol content, Franchetti mastered Nerello Mascalese--an indigenous Sicilian grape that produces pale, lean, and delicate "northern" wines that are reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Of the five Contrada Etna--including Rampante, Chiappemacine, Sciaranuova, Guardiola and Porcaria--that Franchetti released in 2009, all used to be blended together for the Passopisciaro wine. However, in 2008 the Passopiscario was made from a blend of pickings from Contradas Malpasso, Guardiola, Santo Spirito, and Arcuria. Light ruby in color, this is a smoky wine with lush berry fruit and a touch of spice, that finishes surprisingly lean and minerally with lingering light fruit.

Chiappemacine 2016 Passopisciaro
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The Contrada Chiappemacine  is the most similar to the straight Passopisciaro. It possesses attractive density and expressive fruit, all supported by firm yet well-balanced tannins. A bright, articulate finish adds proportion and balance.
Passobianco 2016 Passopisciaro
Passobianco is characterized by its consistency, precision and freshness, and will continue to evolve in the bottle over time. 2016 on Etna was an excellent year, with the harvest of whites in early September. Citrusy and fruity, with hints of pear and honey, high acidity and mineral base that comes from this special place where vines are grown.
Passopisciaro 2016 Guardiola
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Contrada Guardiola is an old domain between 800 m and 1000 m asl, that was almost lost to the 1947’s eruption. 
Porcaria 2016 Passopisciaro
The Passopisciaro Contrada Porcaria stands apart from the other single-vineyard bottlings in its dark, sensual fruit and masculine personality. Sweet menthol, spices and minerals develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance to this decidedly virile, dark Nerello Mascalese. The finish is rich, dense and totally convincing.

Rampante 2016 Passopisciaro
Rampante is a wine of sheer class and elegance, offering clean, precise aromas of freshly crushed bright cherries, strawberries, smoke, licorice and crushed rose petals. This light-bodied red flows around ultra-fine, silky tannins, showing impeccable balance and striking purity. Made from 100% Nerello Mascalese grown on the sandy, lava rich soils 1000mt up the base of Mount Etna.