Frank Cornelissen 2017 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Frank Cornelissen 2017 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Item Number: 14079

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Barbabecchi Soprano
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2,985 feet

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 showing licorice and oriental spices. Magma is produced only in great vintages. The 2017 vintage is a very complex wine showing herbs, spiced meat, hints of anise, and tea. There are vivid fruit flavors on the palate, which hugs the mouth. Absolutely delicious.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks (1,500-2,500 liters). Wine is not fined. It is filtered before bottling with cartridges of 3-5 micron. Sulfite additions can vary from 0 to 30 mg/l. added depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.

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


  • Vinous
    Rating: 96 (8/1/2019)

    Deep vibrant red. 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.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (10/19/2019)

    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. If you love Cornelissen's wines, you'll like this one too. If you don't like his wine, please look away.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 96+ (6/10/2021)

    Mixing the dry and warm personality of the vintage with its own inherent spicy and exotic profile, the 2017 Nerello Mascalese Magma lifts up with prominence. Musky crushed raspberries and cherries complemented by notes of star anise, cloves and balsam herbs create an enthralling display. It washes rich velvety waves of mineral-tinged red fruits and spices across the palate with ease, lifted by cooling acidity, as tannic tension slowly mounts toward the close. There’s plenty of structure here, but it’s nearly masked by the Magma’s sheer mass, as this seems to slowly melt away, leaving nuances of mint and tart berries in its wake. Wow. This is easily one of the most complex 2017s from Etna that I’ve tasted to date. The fruit hails from vines that are ungrafted and over 100 years old from the Barbabecchi cru located in the north valley, between 870-910 meters in elevation. After a sixty day maceration, it’s refined completely in neutral epoxy tanks. An average of only 1,500 bottles are produced each year.