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. Mild temperatures helped the kind of ripening that gives a soft, non-angular wine with an unctuous fruit at its center.
The fruit lay long on the vine until it was harvested between October 21st and 29th. Because the petit verdot ripened beautifully, this is the second vintage – after the 2006 – in which we selected to show the grape on its own.
Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, 95+ points: “Violets, tar, asphalt, black cherries and plums all come alive in the 2010 Franchetti. Wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass, the 2010 shows an unusual level of ripeness and juiciness for the year. Ideally, the 2010 needs a few years to shed some of its baby fat, as it is almost too intense today. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine’s detail, nuance and transparency. This blend of Cesanese and Petit Verdot should be a stunner in another few years’ time. The flagship Franchetti remains one of the most distinctive wines of the Etna, although in spirit and interpretation it is quite far from every other wine I have tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025.”
3,200 bottles/267 cases