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Franchetti - Contrada R 2018 (750ml)

 
WS
93
WA
91

Price: $79.99

In Mixed Case: $71.99

Producer Franchetti
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Subregion Terre Siciliane
Varietal Nerello Mascalese
Vintage 2018
Sku 210000010511
Size 750ml

Wine Spectator: 93 Points

An appealing nose of cured tobacco and spice leads to bright flavors of wild cherry, pomegranate and iron in this tightly-meshed, medium-bodied red. Chalky tannins firm the racy finish. Decant this one or give it some short-term cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2030. 270 cases made, 100 cases imported.

Wine Advocate: 91 Points

Here's a classic "old school" Etna red. From the Contrada Rampante in Castiglione di Sicilia, the Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti 2018 Contrada R opens to a lean garnet color and light ruby highlights. There is a lot of energy and punchy brightness in this wine, mostly fueled by those distinctive white pepper aromas that come across strongly in this bottle. Carrying a shy 12.5% alcohol content, this red is lean and delicate to the palate, with more spice, ash and savory flavors than fruity tones. In fact, the wine's dark currant and tart berry tones take a back seat in this vintage of 3,240 bottles. Contrada Rampante is located at 1,000 meters altitude, which is the highest elevation allowed in the official appellation (although many vintners are aiming to make wines even higher up the volcano). This estate farms a 1.7-hectare parcel here, and like the other wines in this series, winemaking starts off with a quick fermentation in steel (usually 15 days) and ends with 18 months in oak casks.

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