Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 12997
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Campo Re
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2400 feet
This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from a partly ungrafted vineyard Campo Re situated at the far western side in the valley floor at the entrance of Randazzo. The vineyard altitude is 735 meters asl and is characterized by deep soil. This cru is profound and tannic and more backward and Nebbiolo-ish compared to the other crus.
Average Age of Vines: 70+ years
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks, then aged in neutral resin vats of 1500 or 2500 liters. 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.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, this vintage is ruby red with hints of garnet. With notes of cherry, blackberry and spice, this is a concentrated, but balanced and elegant wine.
90pts (2017 Vintage) Decanter 9/10/2019
"There are hefty raspberry aromas and a hint of gaminess, while the palate is rich and broad, with ample flesh and weight. The power and density seem overbearing, and a touch more freshness would be welcome. However, these wines have a strong following. Drink 2020-2028."
91pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"The 2017 Munjebel CR sees fruit sourced from the Contrada Campo Re in Castiglione di Sicilia, Etna. Like other vintners on the volcano, Frank Cornelissen is interested in studying the single-vineyard characteristics and identities of his individual incoming harvests. This wine is bright and luminous, with a pretty ruby color that cedes to aromas of wild rose, volcanic ash and aniseed."