Contrada P 2013

Throughout Europe, 2013 was a cold and delayed vintage, resulting in lighter wines this vintage. Porcaria 2013 is a luxurious wine that changes aromas continually: exotic, with a touch of burnt sugar. Blue fruits and black cherries are more apparent on the palate, with a richer and more velvety texture than the other nerellos of this vintage, given the full sun exposure the vineyard sees throughout the growing season. We picked in this Contrada on the 25th of October.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1.5 hectare

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 650 m asl

Yield per hectare: 17 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Propolis, clay, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation on the skins in stainless steel vats for 15 days

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

Bottling: waning moon of April 2015

Production: 2,297 bottles


“Perfumed and loaded with finesse, this offers scents of woodland berry, aromatic herb, menthol, new leather and wild flower. The vibrant, elegant palate offers succulent red cherry, strawberry, star anise and clove while bright acidity and supple tannins offer impeccable balance and a smooth texture. A mineral note wraps around the finish. Drink 2018–2023.”

– Wine Enthusiast, 94 points

“Dark red. Subdued aromas of of red berries, cherry, marzipan and sweet herbs. Then richer and riper on the palate than the nose suggests, displaying sweet red fruit, licorice and stone flavors. At once plump and juicy, this wine displays impressive delicacy on the rather long, high-acid finish. Contrada P stands for Porcaria, a cru located at 600 to 700 meters; Franchetti’s roughly 80-year-old vines face north.”

“The 2013 Contrada P is a red wine from Etna that promises long-term drinking appeal. The P stands for Porcaria and this vineyard consistently gives Andrea Franchetti some of his best results. This expression shows heightened fruit intensity with articulate aromas of wild berry and black currant, followed by balsam herb and grilled rosemary. As you should expect, those volcanic tones of ash and crushed stone also play a big role in forming the aromatic complexity of this wine. Some 2,300 bottles were made. (Drinking window: 2017-2030)”

– Monica Larner, Robert Parker, 93 points

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