Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Item Number: 13009

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
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."

93pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"The 2017 Munjebel Rosso VA is otherwise known as the Cuvée Le Vigna Alte and represents a blend of fruit from various high-altitude sites on the volcano. These high-altitude sites do indeed produce some of the most interesting fruit, especially in a warm vintage like 2017. You get the heat of the sunshine near the top parts of the volcano, and you get the stronger quality of light up there. But you also get steep diurnal shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. These factors contribute to sharp and focused aromas with pinpoint accents of wild cherry, rose and crushed volcanic stone. Frank Cornelissen has done a great job here."


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (12/28/2018)

    From high-altitude vineyards on Etna, the 2016 Munjebel Rosso VA Le Vigne Alte is a delicate and finessed expression. This wine is the most fragile of all. Those vines planted high up the volcano's flank offer fruit that is characterized by wild berry, blueberry, rose hip and lilac. This wine speaks in a hushed voice, but its message certainly comes across. It flaunts a deeply volcanic identity with smoke, tar and crushed stone.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 97 (3/1/2020)

    Enticing aromas of graphite, Mediterranean scrub and wild berry shape the nose of this compelling wine. The vibrant, structured palate is loaded with finesse and tension, delivering crushed strawberry, red cherry, star anise and orange zest, while notes of botanical herbs and a vein of flinty mineral lend depth. Racy acidity and lithe tannins provide energy and support. Dirnk 2021-2031.