Passopisciaro : Franchetti 2012

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Parker : 94 / 100
Wine Spectator : 92 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Passopisciaro's 2012 Franchetti is 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Cesanese d'Affile made on the darkened slopes of the mighty Mount Etna. This is the original super Etnean wine that brought attention to this corner of Sicily in the same manner that Sassicaia put coastal Tuscany on the world wine map. The nose here is dense and dark with thick layers of barbecue smoke, dark fruit, prune, mahogany and cured meat. Here's an interesting fact: On August 5th, 2012 a wild fire burned around the vineyards where these two varieties are planted. Smoke billowed for a long time even after the fire was extinguished. Because this was a dry summer with no rain for more than two months, Franchetti believes that the smoke aromas were absorbed by the fruit. Given the smokey and savory bouquet, this may be the case. The wine is aged in barrique for six months and then goes into cement vats for 14 months. In the mouth, this is a luscious, dark and fully extracted red wine.
SicilySicilia
Grape varieties
cepage_detail_nerello_mascalese

Dessert wine
No

Wine Spectator
92

Country
Italy

Wine certification
IGT

Region
Sicily

Appellation
Sicilia

Color
Red

Producer
Passopisciaro

Parker
94

Allergens
Contains sulfites