Frank Cornelissen 2017 MunJebel Rosso PA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Frank Cornelissen 2017 MunJebel Rosso PA, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Item Number: 14109

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Feudo di Mezzo
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 640 meters

This pure Nerello Mascalese is produced from Frank’s old vine alberello cru Porcaria, situated at 640 meters in the contrada Feudo di Mezzo. This is a challenging location in order to achieve perfection in maturation. It has the power as well as refined elegance in the balanced vintages when everything falls into place. The average vine age is 60+ years. 2017 is showing an herbal character reminiscent of a meadow. It is not as friendly as the FM, but will age well.

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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/19/2019)

    The 2017 Munjebel PA is another luminous and bright Etna red with a lean appearance and an almost fragile state of being. The "PA" stands for Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Porcaria, or the name of the vineyard site where the fruit originates. Like the other wines in this series, the bouquet offers pretty floral notes of wild rose and mountain herb, but there are also raw aromas of aniseed, tar and smoke that come from the all-natural approach to winemaking.