Frank Cornelissen

Munjebel VA (Vigne Alte) Nerello Mascalese

9.212 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
Top Notes For
Georgina McDonald

Dear Natural Wine; I’ve been on your case for some time. Calling you weak, unpredictable, unbalanced; essentially, that you have no future. Although this remains true for some of you, I’m so pleased to find there’s hope, in Mount Etna. This 2014 vintage from 90+ year old vines is calling bullshit on my, well, bullshit; this dry, rich, punchy young gun has so much potential you could even cellar for a few years and he’d still come out with jazz hands. Encore!

Dear Natural Wine; I’ve been on your case for some time. Calling you weak, unpredictable, unbalanced; essentially, that you have no future. Although this remains true for some of you, I’m so pleased to find there’s hope, in Mount Etna. This 2014 vintage from 90+ year old vines is calling bullshit on my, well, bullshit; this dry, rich, punchy young gun has so much potential you could even cellar for a few years and he’d still come out with jazz hands. Encore!

Mar 6th, 2019
Michael Greene

‘14s are a big step up in consistency from previous vintages. Less funky and bubbly. Deep cherry and cranberry - there is so much fruit here - balanced with lively acidity and smooth tannins. Very drinkable but has all the qualities needed for some bottle age.

‘14s are a big step up in consistency from previous vintages. Less funky and bubbly. Deep cherry and cranberry - there is so much fruit here - balanced with lively acidity and smooth tannins. Very drinkable but has all the qualities needed for some bottle age.

Mar 17th, 2018
Berg

Tons of reduction, needs time

Tons of reduction, needs time

Dec 2nd, 2017
Bob McDonald

Light to medium bodied Nerello Mascalese. Still catching up with my Sicilian tasting notes from a few weeks ago. Earthy, cherries and coming from Mt Etna minerality to the max. Many similarities to a Pinot Noir particularly as regards palate weight. Strikes the right balance to the lighter NMs we had a few days earlier on Mt Etna.

Light to medium bodied Nerello Mascalese. Still catching up with my Sicilian tasting notes from a few weeks ago. Earthy, cherries and coming from Mt Etna minerality to the max. Many similarities to a Pinot Noir particularly as regards palate weight. Strikes the right balance to the lighter NMs we had a few days earlier on Mt Etna.

Oct 15th, 2017
Ted Corvey

Amazing producer that is wildly dedicated to a true expression of the native grapes and Etna terroir. A blend of 100% Nerello Mascalese from his 3 highest vineyards all with 90+ year old wines. To put it simply, this is one of the most unique and exciting wines I've ever tasted. It constantly evolved in the glass and was obviously a true expression of its place. Playful almost explosive cherry, deep volcanic minerality, and rich earthy dirt notes that persisted. The flavors mirrored the high altitude acidity to create a very harmonious mouth feel from nose to finish. Very cool bottle of wine, big thanks @Kyle Harvey for flying it across the pond.

Amazing producer that is wildly dedicated to a true expression of the native grapes and Etna terroir. A blend of 100% Nerello Mascalese from his 3 highest vineyards all with 90+ year old wines. To put it simply, this is one of the most unique and exciting wines I've ever tasted. It constantly evolved in the glass and was obviously a true expression of its place. Playful almost explosive cherry, deep volcanic minerality, and rich earthy dirt notes that persisted. The flavors mirrored the high altitude acidity to create a very harmonious mouth feel from nose to finish. Very cool bottle of wine, big thanks @Kyle Harvey for flying it across the pond.

Jun 25th, 2017
Gian Facchini

Outstanding. Bordeaux style!!!

Outstanding. Bordeaux style!!!

Apr 9th, 2017
Kyle Harvey

My second favorite of the night - a blend of Nerello Mascalese from his 4 highest vineyards - all > 870 M - and 90 year old fines, my notes read : rocky forest floor, red juicy cherry, firm tannins #etnavino #vulcanterroir

My second favorite of the night - a blend of Nerello Mascalese from his 4 highest vineyards - all > 870 M - and 90 year old fines, my notes read : rocky forest floor, red juicy cherry, firm tannins #etnavino #vulcanterroir

Aug 8th, 2016
Andrew Holloway

Andrew had this 4 months ago

Andrew had this 4 months ago

Jan 18th, 2019
Stephen Mathews

Stephen had this 2 years ago

Stephen had this 2 years ago

Nov 21st, 2017
Berg

Berg had this 7 months ago

Berg had this 7 months ago

Oct 17th, 2018