PASSOPISCIARO 'Franchetti' 2012


2015 TOP 100 WINES | Rank #14

The 2012 Franchetti is a completely compelling wine from Anfrea Franchetti and the flagship wine from Passopisciao. It is composed of 50% Petit Verdot and 30% Cesanese. The grapes are sourced from 1000 meters on the north side on Mount Etna in the Contrada Guardiola, where the soils are comprised of ash and pumice. Today, this shows a youthful edge, but still extremely appealing, displaying an impressive dark inky color with gorgeous aromas of blackberries, blueberries, violets, exotic spices, wet stones, licorice, leather and a striking smoky character which according to the winery, is due to the smoke of a roaring fire that rushed up along the side of the whole estate during the vintage. This shows impressive structure and finesse while possessing wonderful depth, focus and balance, with a vibrant layer of underlying acidity providing lift through the finish. Although still early, this already seems to be more impressive, showing more character with more complexities then then last years outstanding effort. Andrea Franchetti aged the wine 6 months in new French oak barriques and 14 months. 200 cases made. (Best 2018-2032) - September, 2015 (JD)


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Wine Specifications


  • Report Date: September, 2015 
  • Producer: Passoposciaro
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Drinking Window: 2018-2032
  • Estimated Value: $200
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Sicily, Etna
  • Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT
  • Importer: T. Edward Wine

PASSOPISCIARO Franchetti

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