TV Writer Glenn Farrington & Mount Etna Wines
Wines of the Night
The 2016 Etna Rosso Passorosso is the most accessible of the red wines presented by Andrea Franchetti and the team at Passopisciaro in the not-always-easy 2016 vintage. The wine is clean and forthcoming with a nice succession of wild berry and cassis, all framed by spice, tar and toasted aniseed. This wine makes itself immediately available for a pairing with roasted porchetta stuffed with fennel and herbs. The mouthfeel is crisp but compact on the close. Some 47,000 bottles were made.
Bright red. Deep and very pure aromas and flavors of raspberry, almond flower, iron, blood orange and camphor. Bright juicy and multilayered with a lively acid spine that really extends the flavors on the long refreshing back end. A knockout Etna Rosso. Drink 2017-2022.
Bright red-ruby. Wild, musky, youthfully reticent aromas of raspberry, flint and espresso are lifted by a pretty violet topnote. Concentrated but refined at once, showing outstanding density of texture and very pure, graceful flavors of red berries, red cherry and minerals. Saline and smoky mineral nuances stain the palate on the long, elegant finish.