Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso VA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 14106
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
MunJebel Rosso VA is 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 old vines, ungrafted Nerello Mascalese on the high terraces in the northern valley of Mount Etna. The average vine age is 90+ years. 2017 is quite pretty with refined tannins.
Vintage Notes: Overall 2017 was an excellent, dry vintage in Sicily. If you love Frank wines, then you should buy every bottle of this vintage!
Winemaking Notes: All of Frank's red wines are produced the same way. Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks (2,500-7,000 liters or 1,500-2,500 liters for crus). Wines are not fined. They are 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 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.