Contrada P 2011

Mount Etna had two lighter years, ‘09 and ’10 that produced some fine and elegant wines, able to represent the gentle sophistication that grapes growing on the north side of the mountain can transmit to wine. Instead, 2011 is what one calls a great vintage. Late rains and long season made it possible for growers to pick grapes that were able to convey extraordinary richness to the wines in every Contrada of the mountain. This is not, however, the overwhelming kind of vintage where massiveness chokes out some of the finer features of its wines. There is in this vintage a measured and hard structure that contains and will elevate the growing richness of 2011. We picked in this Contrada on October 29th.

Vineyard area: 1.5 hectares

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines per Ha

Vineyard altitude: 650 m a.s.l.

Yield per hectare: 10 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Clay, propolis, sulphur, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days

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

Bottling: April 2013

Production: 2,000 bottles


“Good bright red. Complex, highly perfumed scents of red cherry, raspberry, marzipan, iron, white flowers and peppery herbs. Sweeter in the middle and more powerful than all the other cru bottlings from Passopisciaro in 2011, but with lively spicy lift. Finishes ripe and long, with mouthcoating tannins, a hint of vanilla and repeating red cherry and berry notes. A lovely wine, seemingly less austere than the other 2011s here. The Porcaria cru area is my favorite, with its north-exposed 80-year-old vineyards, as the grapes in this section of Etna benefit from the longest, slowest ripening period and often give wines of mindblowing complexity.”

— Ian D’Agata, Vinous Media, 92+ points

“The ‘Contrada Porcaria’ is situated at 650 meters above sea level, which is a lower elevation then most of the other Crus of Passopisciaro. The soils here are very unique, composed of frail lava sheets that splinter under one’s feet, which is only one reason the real estate here is extremely sought after. The 2011 is an absolutely striking showing, as it slowly unwinds in the glass, it begins to release beautiful aromas of freshly crushed strawberries and sweet wild berries along with rose petal, tar, smoky minerals, and even some savory notes begin to emerge. This possesses wonderful structure, balance and finesse, yet plenty of depth and a silky texture that will instantly win you over. There is so much to look forward to with this ‘Porcaria’, as it constantly evolves in the glass and should continue to do so for many years to come. Overall, this is a remarkably elegant and pure expression of Nerello Mascalese from Andrea Franchetti that I would love to see again in a decade from now. (Best 2017-2029)”

— Joe D’Angelo, The International Wine Report, 94 points

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