Frank Cornelissen

Etna Rosso del Contadino

9.157 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Italy
Nerello Blend
Top Notes For
Kyle Groombridge

The crazy man himself, Frank Cornelissen. I’ve been digging these Sicilian wines recently, and thought I’d try one of the big dog natural producers, even if it’s his entry-level juice. This one is about 85% Nerello Mascalese with a field blend of other grapes grown on Etna. Tart cranberry, singed brown sugar, fresh strawberry, and some wet underbrush (like the smell of leaves after it rains). The palate is super zingy with refreshing acid, more tart cherries and cranberries, and a touch of a cola note. This wine shows what people mean when they say that natural wine is alive - it’s multi-dimensional, funky fresh, and delicious all at once. Can’t wait to try his higher end wines.

The crazy man himself, Frank Cornelissen. I’ve been digging these Sicilian wines recently, and thought I’d try one of the big dog natural producers, even if it’s his entry-level juice. This one is about 85% Nerello Mascalese with a field blend of other grapes grown on Etna. Tart cranberry, singed brown sugar, fresh strawberry, and some wet underbrush (like the smell of leaves after it rains). The palate is super zingy with refreshing acid, more tart cherries and cranberries, and a touch of a cola note. This wine shows what people mean when they say that natural wine is alive - it’s multi-dimensional, funky fresh, and delicious all at once. Can’t wait to try his higher end wines.

Jul 10th, 2018
Bryce Bannatyne

New Jersey Sales Representative Martin Scott Wines, Ltd

9.0

Smoky AF natural delicious yess

Smoky AF natural delicious yess

Jun 29th, 2018
Eric Urbani

Tart yum

Tart yum

May 11th, 2018
Matt Perlman

Tart berry fruit and smokey volcanic terroir. Most easygoing of the lineup. Shout out to @Marisa Reisman and @Levon Kololyan for organizing an incredible tasting

Tart berry fruit and smokey volcanic terroir. Most easygoing of the lineup. Shout out to @Marisa Reisman and @Levon Kololyan for organizing an incredible tasting

Apr 23rd, 2018
N O
10

aged for about a year in my wine fridge 2016 vintage. tastes like strawberry jam on the best toast you’ve ever had. wow

aged for about a year in my wine fridge 2016 vintage. tastes like strawberry jam on the best toast you’ve ever had. wow

Feb 10th, 2019
Kevin Meister

Enjoyed this with a somm friend of mine. I’ll definitely be back to grab a bottle or two to enjoy at home.

Enjoyed this with a somm friend of mine. I’ll definitely be back to grab a bottle or two to enjoy at home.

Nov 20th, 2018
Brandon Thiessen

Frizzante, funky and interesting, slight salami savoury note

Frizzante, funky and interesting, slight salami savoury note

Oct 17th, 2018
Kyle Harvey

Frank has this one figured out. Can’t ask for a better day drinking light funky red. WOTD.

Frank has this one figured out. Can’t ask for a better day drinking light funky red. WOTD.

Aug 12th, 2018
Matt Sharp

Delicious unfiltered, organic earthy and red fruity. Hard to find

Delicious unfiltered, organic earthy and red fruity. Hard to find

Jul 10th, 2018
Pooneet Kant

I have enjoyed Cornelissen’s wines before and this is no exception. Beautiful color in the glass. Might have guessed burgundy from the nose. Excellent balanced red fruit with complementary earth. Perfect a bit on the cooler side. Expressive and delicious with a long finish. Nice.

I have enjoyed Cornelissen’s wines before and this is no exception. Beautiful color in the glass. Might have guessed burgundy from the nose. Excellent balanced red fruit with complementary earth. Perfect a bit on the cooler side. Expressive and delicious with a long finish. Nice.

Jun 30th, 2018