Passopisciaro Contrada “Chiappemacine” 2019, Etna
Passopisciaro produces six different bottlings of 100% Nerello Mascalese, the native grape to Mt. Etna, in order to showcase the profound differences in the terroir that come from lava flow, aspect, and altitude. The vines are all between 70-100 years old. The wines undergo fermentation in steel vats, followed by malolactic and 18 months aging in large neutral oak barrels; this minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows the differences in terroir to shine.
Passopsciaro’s Contrada C is a small domaine situated at 550 meters (1800 feet) above sea level, making it their lowest elevation site for a single vineyard cru. Compared to their other offerings, this site produces a more full-bodied, rounder style. The soil here is predominantly limestone beneath a thin layer of lava. Contrada C is the most approachable now with the roundest mouthfeel of all of Passopisciara’s crus.