Frank Cornelissen

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Mt. Etna, Sicily
People: Frank Cornelissen, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Items

Frank Cornelissen 2019 MunJebel Bianco, Terre Siciliane IGT (Mt. Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login IWR 95 <1 Case
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso CS, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso FM, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login <1 Case
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso FM, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login AG 94 Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso MC, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login <1 Case
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso MC, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso PA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login <1 Case
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso PA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login AG 92 Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2018 MunJebel, Etna Rosso DOC Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2020 Susucaru Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen (3 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso FM, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna) Login <1 Case
Frank Cornelissen (3 L) 2019 Munjebel, Etna Rosso DOC Login Please inquire
Frank Cornelissen 2019 MunJebel, Etna Rosso DOC Login AG 92 Please inquire



Media Links
Sprudge: The Very Best of Third Coast Soif 2018
The New York Times: The Evolution of a Natural Winemaker
Sprudge: Up On Mt. Etna With Frank Cornelissen: The Sprudge Wine Interview
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 129: Frank Cornelissen
Food & Wine: Sicilian Wine from Mount Etna
Vinography: Frank Cornelissen, Etna, Sicily - Upcoming Releases
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads

Social Media Links
Instagram: @frankcornelissen_winery

Frank’s wines are like none we have ever tasted, and there is no doubt they have raised a stir throughout the industry. These wines express the absolutely unique land of Mt. Etna in a way that no other wine has. You really have to taste the wines and watch the color and flavor evolve in your glass to understand them. Yields are extremely low, and the United States allocation is extremely small.

Vinous 9/2017
"Cornelissen was born in Belgium but moved to the Etna region in 2000 because he grew up in a wine loving family and wanted to make important terroir-based wines. As he likes classic wines that speak of a specific terroir, it was easy to fall in love with Etna’s landscape and the presence of high quality indigenous grape varieties. Other factors played in his decision as well: for example, Etna’s long history of viticulture, intact nature with no industry warehouses and inevitable pollution, no long history of pesticide use, and great geologic diversity of the soils. Cornelissen owns roughly 35 hectares under vine and has just bought six more hectares. His winemaking has changed over the years, moving from the production of highly “natural-like” wines that spoke more of the technique employed (and ironically enough not much about the specific terroirs) to wines that are now truly magnificent (some of Italy’s most interesting red wines, in fact). Vinification is essentially the same for all his wines: he destalks, presses lightly, then has the must sit on the skins for one month or slightly more, depending on the vintage. Only indigenous yeasts are used and wines are bottled unfined. The range of wines I tasted on my visit to the estate were amongst the most exciting Italian wines I tasted this year."


Vinous 11/2015
"The wines of this idiosyncratic Etna producer have a strong cult following. Cornelissen farms roughly 15 hectares, of which 12 are vines trained in the alberello, or bush-vine, system typical of the area. New vineyards are planted without grafts, buckwheat is used to help soils low on organic material, yields are low, and the grapes are harvested late, from mid-October to mid-November. Cornelissen generally avoids all treatments, and only in exceptionally difficult vintages does he use copper sulfate and sulfur treatments."


Beyond Barolo and Brunello by Tom Hyland (2012)
"You only need to be with Frank Cornelissen for fifteen or twenty minutes to start to understand what drives this man. A former mountain climber from Belgium, Cornelissen brings the same determination he used to conquer the peaks of the Alps to his natural winemaking. Everything about what he does at his vineyards and winery in Etna district is with the highest degree of purity; he does not add sulfites to any of his wines and he uses no oak barrels or stainless steel tanks in his cellar. Thus he needs to bring in the cleanest, purest grapes he can to produce his distinctly individual wines."

Reviews

  • Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
    International Wine Report
    Rating: 95 (9/1/2018)

    The 'MunJebel CR' (Campo Re) Rosso comes from 70+ year old Nerello Mascalese vines grown at 735m elevation on the Western side of Etna's Northern Valley. It has a gorgeous nose with seductive aromas of wild black cherry, pomegranate, black pepper, exotic mushroom, dried rose petal along with hints of tar and dried spices. Fresh, silky and beautifully polished, this continues to impresses with its remarkable depth and focus, as red fruits and spice flavors work their way through the beautiful long finish. This is an elegant and remarbably pure expression of Nerello Mascalese with firm tannins and tremendous structure. Delicious today with some extended ait contact, but ideal to cellar for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 15 plus.
  • Frank Cornelissen 2019 MunJebel, Etna Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (6/10/2021)

    The 2019 Nerello Mascalese Munjebel seduces with a rich and sweetly scented bouquet of crushed black cherries, dried roses and cloves. It’s silky in texture, enveloping all that it touches with ripe red fruits and spices, nicely framed by saturating minerality, as inner violet florals form toward the close. There are tannins here, but they don’t get in the way; instead, they create a perfectly dry platform where notes of lavender, plum and allspice hover above. The Munjebel is a blend of fruit from Frank Cornelissen’s vineyards across the northern valley of Etna. It aims to please, and it will excel at doing so through short-term cellaring.
  • Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (6/10/2021)

    The 2017 Mascalese Munjebel VA wafts up with a layered yet lifted display, as white smoke, cardamom and peppery herbs give way to crushed cherries and hints of clove. It’s silky and pliant in feel, motivated by juicy acidity that enlivens its tart and spicy woodland berry fruit. A subtle coating of sweet tannins and hints of hard red candies linger, contrasted by salty minerals, making for a nicely balanced and lightly structured finale. This is such a pretty expression of the vintage, and it’s already drinking very well.
  • Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso FM, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (6/10/2021)

    Rich, sometimes savory and at other times sweet, the 2017 Nerello Mascalese Munjebel FM makes itself known. Plum sauce, balsamic spice, a twist of nectarine, flowery undergrowth and a lifting hint of camphor all waft up to form its captivating nose. In the mouth, velvety textures envelop the palate in ripe red and black fruits, yet there’s nervous acidity here that quickly energizes the expression, creating a buzz of inner tension. The primary concentration is something to behold, but even more fascinating is how incredibly fresh and vibrant this remains throughout the long, lightly structured and dramatic finale. The 2017 is obviously the result of a ripe vintage, yet it never falls out of balance, and it keeps you coming back to the glass for more. Munjebel FM is produced from the lower elevations of the Feudo di Mezzo cru.