Frank Cornelissen 2016 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Frank Cornelissen 2016 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Item Number: 12992

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Sicily
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Barbabecchi Soprano
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2985 feet
Case Production: 125

Magma is Frank’s “Grand Vin.” It is from the Barbabecchi Vineyard at 910 meters asl. Planted around 1910 and north-northeast exposed, it captures the first and cool morning sun rays. This pure Nerello Mascalese from ungrafted old vines produces a profound wine, rich as well as elegant at the same time with character and personality: licorice and oriental spices. Magma is produced only in great vintages.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks. Wine is not fined. It is filtered before bottlling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites are added.

Appellation Note: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGP for the sake of uniformity.

2016 Vintage Voted #20 on Top 100 Wines of 2018 by International Wine Report


  • International Wine Report
    Rating: 97 (9/1/2018)

    The 2016 'Magma' Rosso is the "Grand Vin" from Cornelissen and was sourced from the Contrada Barbabecchi, which was planted in 1910 and situated at 910 meters above sea level. The Barbabecchi Vineyard is positioned at a North-North East exposure, and consists of ungrafted 100+ year old vines of Nerello Mascalese. The resultant wine is simply magnificent, as it slowly unwinds and begins to release a wonderful range of aromatics, including dried dark cherries and ripe red plums, which are woven together with exotic spices, eucalyptus, dried florals, dusty leather, blood orange and a subtle hint of cedar all taking shape beautifully in the glass. This impeccably structured wine continues to impress on the palate with its remarkable overall depth and precise concentration through the incredibly long finish. While already showing so much, this has a tremendous amount of potential to age beautifully for many years to come. Overall, this is another brilliant effort from Frank Cornelissen, and is amongst one of the most fascinating wines you will find in all of Italy.