Frank Cornelissen 2016 Munjebel Rosso FM, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 12993
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Feudo di Mezzo
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 1900 feet
Case Production: 210
Contrada Feudo di Mezzo is very vast. Frank prefers to separate the bottom part (sottana) from the upper part (Porcaria cru). FM is produced from sottana Nerello Mascalese. Although lower in the valley floor, the wine is of an unusual elegance, which characterizes this area. Relatively deep soil which, in humid vintages can create some problems although the well ventilated site helps to gain fruit ripeness. Burgundian elegance and roundness, even in hot vintages, makes this a special wine with finesse.
Average Age of Vines: 40+ years
Appellation Notes: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGT for the sake of uniformity.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks. Wine was not fined. It was filtered before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites were added.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the 2016 FM is an intense shade of ruby red. On the nose, rustic notes of dark berries, crushed stone and dried flowers. On the palate, balanced minerality and acid give way to an elegant wine with a long, supple finish.