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: Catania
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

96pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Savory herbs, balsamic oils, red cherry, raspberry nectar and minerals on the captivating nose. Big, rich and dense, with an ultra-smooth mouthfeel offering spicy nuances complicating flavors of quinine, red cherry and mineral flavors. The finish is long, thick and suave. This is an extremely complex and concentrated young red wine, yet stays light on its feet. Made with grapes grown in the Barbabecchi contrada."

93+pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"With fruit from the Contrada Barbabecchi, the 2017 Magma is a wine of extreme and unique individuality. This is something that can be said of all the wines I have ever tasted from Frank Cornelissen over these many years. When I think back over his body of work, I am also reminded that no two wines ever taste the same. Even the same bottle won't taste the same if you choose to drink it in a different setting or in different company. These are shadow-shifting wines that morph into fluid and abstract definitions of what wine really is—and what we do and do not like about it. It also occurs to me that all the abstract and psychedelic meaning that can be inferred from his wines suddenly makes perfect sense against the surreal and otherworldly backdrop that is Etna."


  • 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.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (12/28/2018)

    The estate's flagship wine is the 2016 Magma Rosso Contrada Barbabecchi. I am smitten by this wine, thanks to its delicate opening of wild berry and blue flowers. Those subtle fruity and floral notes are an appropriate prelude to the budding power and sharpness found just below the surface. Give the wine a few moments in the glass and it all comes into focus. Ultimately, this wine offers strong but balanced intensity in what is essentially an undertone vintage. The true magic of Magma comes thanks to its creative creator, Frank Cornelissen.