Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 13009
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
The most Burgundian of all the crus, this pure Nerello Mascalese is a blend of Frank’s 3 highest vineyards (Vigne Alte): Tartaraci (1,000 meters asl), Monte Dolce (870 meters asl), and Pettinociarelle (890 meters asl). It expresses beautifully the value and precision of the ungrafted, old-vine Nerello Mascalese on the high terraces in the northern valley of Mount Etna.
Average Vine Age: 90+ years, ungrafted
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.
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.
93pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Perfumed aromas of red cherry nectar, pink peppercorns, quinine, and savory herbs. Enters rich and round, then more bright and juicy but with a luscious quality to the refined red cherry fruit and spice flavors. Finishes long with silky tannins and a hint of minerals. A lovely wine, perhaps less concentrated and dense than Cornelissen’s MC or CS wines, but this is more elegant than both of those. The VA on the label stands for Le Vigne Alte."