Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)

Item Number: 14080

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: 1.5 L
Pack: 3
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
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


  • Decanter
    Rating: 96 (7/10/2021)

    A bright ruby color, it has an intoxicating nose, with initially restrained rhubarb and vermouth-like notes, then revealing black cherry fruit, peony, cinnamon and a hint of peat. The firm palate has typical depth, with black pepper complementing the aromas. It is concentrated on the midpalate with crisp acidity that balances the alcohol.