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Passopisciaro, Passobianco, Terre Siciliane - 2016

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Italy
Chardonnay
White Wine
In 2000 Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily. The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano. His first task was to clear and restore long-abandoned terraces of ancient vines on the northern slopes of the mountain, replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare on thin lavic soil. His arrival on Etna helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the wines of Etna. At Passopisciaro, he focuses on the native grape Nerello Mascalese and its various expressions of terroir and altitudes through a series of crus, as well as the varieties Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile.

Tasting Notes : With densely planted vineyards in terraces between 850-1,000 m, in Contrada Guardiola, Passobianco is a mineral-driven, unoaked chardonnay of great intensity. This vintage, the wine is citrusy and fruit-forward upon release, promising its hints of pear and honey that will come out with age. Its freshness comes from its high acidity and lovely mineral underpinning that comes from this special place in which the vines are grown.

Fact Sheet

Vintage :

2016

Type :

White

Grape Variety Used :

Chardonnay

Bottle Size (ml) :

750

Alcohol Level :

13.5%

Wine Closure :

Cork

Style :

Fruity & Refreshing

Producer :

Vini Franchetti Passopisciaro

Region :

Sicily

Serving Temperature :

18 °C

Passopisciaro, Passobianco, Terre Siciliane

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