Passopisciaro Contrada “Porcaria” 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 P sits at 650 meters (2,100 ft) above sea level and is considered Mount Etna’s most famous and sought-after contrade because of the lush, robust wines it produces. The soil is made of a frail sheet of lava that splinters under one’s feet. Porcaria is simultaneously elegant and deep, with more garrigue-like herbal notes on the nose than the other bottlings.