Passobianco 2016


2016 on Mt. Etna was an excellent, even-ripening vintage, with the picking of the whites at the start of September. The wine is citrusy and fruit-forward now, with its hints of pear and honey that will come out with further aging, with the high acidity and lovely mineral underpinning that comes from this special place in which the vines are grown. Passobianco is characterized by its consistency, precision, and freshness, and it will continue to evolve in bottle over time.

With densely planted vineyards in terraces between 850-1,000 m, in contrada Guardiola, Passobianco is a mineral-driven, unoaked, citrus-flavored chardonnay of great intensity. This vintage, the wine is citrusy and fruit-forward upon release, promising its hints of pear and honey that will come out with age. Its freshness comes from its high acidity and lovely mineral underpinning.


Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, 92+ points: “The 2016 Passobianco (a pure expression of Chardonnay) produces a lightweight but solid frame that reminds me on some metaphorical level of that special aluminum used to make racing bicycles. Indeed, this is a racy wine with steely aromas of citrus, white peach and Sicilian almond biscuit. It is put together with impeccable balance and precision. And of course, you get those vaguely scented volcanic notes on the silky finish. It is aged in a combination of large oak vats (for four months) and cement (for eight months). This is a terrific expression of Chardonnay from the deep south of Italy. Some 36,000 bottles were made.”

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