Contrada C 2010

The tropical menace: 2010 is just the vintage that would suggest such thing on Mount Etna, more than others ever before it with its plump berries and generous green growth. The mild temperature helped the kind of ripening that gives a soft, non-angular wine with an unctuous fruit at its center. We left lots of fruit on the vines but even so yields were around 44hl/ha.

Chiappemacine 2010 is the leanest wine of the vintage, enriched by some time on the skins, since the tannins will fatten the wine as it ages.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1.2 hectares

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines per Ha

Vineyard altitude: 550 m/1,000 ft a.s.l.

Yield per hectare: 16.5 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Clay, propolis, sulphur, copper, vitamin C

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days

Aging: Malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months aging in large, neutral oak barrels

Production: 2,700 bottles

REVIEWS

“The 2010 Contrada Chiappemacine C reveals a more immediate expression of fruit. Dark red berries, tobacco and mint flesh out on the radiant mid-palate. This is still an energetic style because of the vintage, but the Chiappemacine C is a bit richer than some of the other 2010s as this site sits on the lower end of the slope. Like all the Passopisciaro reds in this vintage, the Chiappemacine C is impeccably refined and harmonious. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”

— Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 94 points

 

“The 2010 Contrada Chiappemacine C reveals a more immediate expression of fruit. Dark red berries, tobacco and mint flesh out on the radiant mid-palate. This is still an energetic style because of the vintage, but the Chiappemacine C is a bit richer than some of the other 2010s as this site sits on the lower end of the slope. Like all the Passopisciaro reds in this vintage, the Chiappemacine C is impeccably refined and harmonious. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. ”

— Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 94 points

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