Passorosso 2020 Etna Rosso Doc Franchetti Wines
A blend of ancient Nerello Mascalese grapes from different vineyards located at different altitudes on Etna’s northern slope. In general, the higher Contrade lie on more gravelly, coarser-grained soils, while
lower ones on finer and deeper soils composed of older lava flows, now oxidized and reduced to lava dust. This wine concentrates the characteristics of several terroirs in a single bottle to offer a comprehensive idea of a terroir.
The summer of 2020 was moderated many by rainfall, and generally bad weather; the end of July then saw the return of warm weather, until the rains of August 10 and finally those of early September. Later, after the tubs of white fermented and everyone went to the beach with the majestic mountain in the sunshine, the rain came accompanied by some hail; a wind from the north blew all night long, and on October 1 the expected cold weather descended on the towns and villages. For about a month the sky remained clear, and by October 14 all the red grapes began to ripen. The first to arrive at the winery was the Cesanese d’Affile, which was more sensitive to the temperatures of early to mid-October. It was October 24 when, after several tastings in the vineyard, the Petit Verdot also reached maturity, the grapes bringing with them aromas of oriental spices and a mixture of crisp red fruits, with the achievement of maximum balance in the mouth at dawn on October 26, where we thus had to call in even more grape pickers from neighboring countries so as not to miss that moment.