Robert Parker on Passopisciaro

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

“Andrea Franchetti wasn’t content to just make profound wines at his Tuscan estate,
Tenuta di Trinoro, so he set out to replicate that success at Passopisciaro, his property on
Mount Etna. These new releases are nothing less than breathtaking” Robert Parker.


I am not sure how he manages to do it, but the 2006 Passopisciaro somehow reconciles the super-ripe style that is Franchetti’s signature without sacrificing the weightless, ethereal personality of the wines of Etna. Think of the 2006 Passopisciaro as a cross between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. The wine possesses incredible purity to its candied red cherries, spices and flowers. The wine blossoms on the palate with extraordinary depth and length. This gorgeous effort will be tempting to drink young as the sheer density of the fruit is compelling, but the wine is so primary at this stage one can only wonder what might develop in bottle. This is a wonderful effort from Franchetti.


The just-bottled 2007 Passopisciaro is a weightless yet powerful wine redolent of sweet candied cherries,
flowers, herbs and minerals. The wine reveals lovely density and purity, even if a few days of rain towards the
end of the growing season in November robbed it of the intensity that informs the very finest vintages. Still,
there is gorgeous purity to the fruit that insures this will be fascinating wine to follow over the coming years.

Photo of Robert Parker on Passopisciaro