Passopisciaro Contrada “Rampante” 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.
Contrada Rampante is their highest cru at 1,000 meters (3,330 feet) above sea level. At the highest confines of viticulture on the northern side of Etna, Rampante is ancient contrada, producing one of volcano’s finest, most aromatic wines because of the sandy character that the lava has acquired. Due to the altitude, it is typically the last contrada to ripen. Contrada R is the most purely volcanic of these wines, with a smoky touch to its minerality. This wine exhibits stunning complexity with ripe, velvety tannins. It is the most structured and extremely “Etnan.”
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