Nerello Mascalese

Frank Cornelissen

MAGMA Etna Nerello Mascalese 2016

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. — 9 days ago

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Calalenta Rosato 2018

a rose i bought from a small importer that brings mostly fantini wines who make wines in a lot of 🇮🇹 regions.

calalenta means 'night harvest'... so romantic
as the gorgeous bottle is.

12% ABV

pale pink 👀

melon, Peach as it gets warmer, lemon zest and honey cookies. subtle greeness all along👃

medium +body.
medium + acidity.

stone fruit, very ripe strawberries, citrus oil and white pepper. and those fresh herbs hiding somewhere in the back. no sweetness available👄

pleasent tingling medium 🎯

a well made rose.
balanced, complex and very enjoyable.
as it warmed up in the glass it changed completely.
at room temperature it was a raw, acidic yet pleasant wine.

great vfm (85 nis)

while having 🍕@ my parents in law i was too afraid to open a wierd, cheap, hiding in the back cabin cab they had.
this came as a digestive afterwords while watching a funny French movie back home.

would probably work great with assorted cheeses and/or some nuts and crackers
— 6 days ago

Daniel, Sharon and 3 others liked this


Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese 2016

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 — 13 days ago

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Blend 2017

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.
— a day ago

Eric, James and 26 others liked this

Frank Cornelissen

Susucaru Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese 2017

Iconoclastic and delicious. Rocks, funk and all kinds of juicy red and black fruit — 6 days ago

Ely, Peter and 18 others liked this


Passopisciaro Sicilia Nerello Mascalese 2014

Robe rubis foncé
Nez de fruit rouge d olive noire gourmand mais avec une fraîcheur
Bouche suave mais avec un événement acidité et une tonicité apportée par de beaux tanins👍👍
— 5 days ago

Anthony De liked this


Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Nerello Cappuccio 2016

Sour cherries exploding from a volcano scattered with leaves. Great pizza wine, and great, period. — 6 days ago


Sicilia Nerello Mascalese 2005

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. — 18 days ago

Owen Mazon
with Owen
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Owen Mazon

A bloody delight!

Masseria Setteporte

Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese

Light red with an interesting balance of smoke, spice and fruit. Also had a hint of minerality for a red. Fruit was raspberry, plum. Really enjoyable with Italian food. — 15 days ago

Daniel, David and 1 other liked this


Contrada Guardiola Sicilia Nerello Mascalese 2016

Excellent Sicilian wine. A bit expensive and not quite the style I enjoy but still excellent, fairly light wine with good acid. — 5 days ago