The 2016 'Magma' Rosso is the "Grand Vin" from Cornelissen and was sourced from the Contrada Barbabecchi, which was planted in 1910 and situated at 910 meters above sea level. The Barbabecchi Vineyard is positioned at a North-North East exposure, and consists of ungrafted 100+ year old vines of Nerello Mascalese. The resultant wine is simply magnificent, as it slowly unwinds and begins to release a wonderful range of aromatics, including dried dark cherries and ripe red plums, which are woven together with exotic spices, eucalyptus, dried florals, dusty leather, blood orange and a subtle hint of cedar all taking shape beautifully in the glass. This impeccably structured wine continues to impress on the palate with its remarkable overall depth and precise concentration through the incredibly long finish. While already showing so much, this has a tremendous amount of potential to age beautifully for many years to come. Overall, this is another brilliant effort from Frank Cornelissen, and is amongst one of the most fascinating wines you will find in all of Italy. — 10 days ago
Somewhat smoky aroma. Like grilled plums or grilled figs. Rich on the palette. Vanilla and spices. Mild tannins. Went really well with salty fishy anchovy pizza. — 5 hours ago
Sour cherries exploding from a volcano scattered with leaves. Great pizza wine, and great, period. — 7 days ago
All over wonderful but more powerful than you think. Best enjoyed with substance.
Sandpaper tannins and fully luscious fruit - dried strawberries and preserved raspberries and maraschino cherries and, it's Etna, so lots of minerality. The Etna for the main course. — 2 days ago
Really enjoyable, higher acid, light body, complexity of some earth or mineral notes. Similar to a Pinot Noir. Paired well with multiple courses. Time to seek out more Etna Rosso — 14 days ago
Last of several bottles, 2005 vintage- still strong but perhaps some wear & tear. Still, an elegant (for Etna) wine, brick red in appearance, strong acidic backbone yet lithe in its medium body. Black fruits, no blueberries here, & the strong tannins are mostly integrated.I can imagine the Pinot comparisons, but feel this kind of Etna is even more unique. Has a slight petrol character, not unpleasant, reminds of a modern Alsatian Pinot noir. Nothing suave here either, but the in house aging & overall old school approach reminds too of old school Rioja like Lopez. Oh, & these sell for under 30$. Crazy. — 19 days ago
Magnificent etna Rosso. Rich nose, deep profound tannins. Decant first. Magnificent. — 2 hours ago