Passobianco 2018


2018 was one of the rainiest and most tropical vintages we’ve seen on Etna in the last eight years, especially at the end of the summer. This year, we had to increase the number of times we passed through the vineyards to remove leaves mindfully, avoiding any burning but allowing air to pass through the canopy to mitigate the effects of this wet and humid climate. We countered effects of disease with natural products like clay and propolis as well. With immense effort, we were nonetheless able to harvest and produce a great wine this vintage.


Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 89 points: “Grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, this linear Chardonnay has subtle aromas of toasted nut, eucalyptus and white stone fruit. Fermented in steel and aged partly in cement and large oak barrels, the racy palate offers yellow apple, roasted almond and lemon notes alongside firm acidity.”

Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson, 17.5 points: “Deep straw yellow. Savoury and minerally and a little iodine, with more than a peppery tingle on teh nose, like smelling lava, but it might be my imagination now running away with me. Certainly intriguing. Opens up very slowly so I would have no qualms about decanting this. Garden herbs. Same slowness on the palate. More orange than lemon and with a long bitter, salty sensation. Stones and orange fruit on the finish. Captivating. Drink 2021-2028.”

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