I recently tried a flight of these wines from some different producers; tonight a single-producer horizontal. Passopisciaro is a prominent Etna Rosso producer who makes a range of different single-vineyard bottlings.
2014 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso ‘Pianrosso’. This is a blend of different vineyards, sort of a second wine from Passopisciaro I suppose, although it got more points from Galloni than the two more expensive single-vineyard wines to come. Clear dark ruby. Ripe red fruit, roasty character, iron. Fresh red fruit in the mouth, good linear acidity – fresher than the nose leads one to expect. Nice.
2014 Passopisciaro Etna Rosso ‘Contrada C’. A very similar wine to the Pianrosso, maybe an extra leafy, high-toned floral note to it but I find little to separate the two really.
2014 Passopisciaro Contrada Santo Spirito Etna Rosso ‘Animardente’. I don’t want to go off on a rant here, but would just say good luck to anyone trying to figure out from the label what this wine is. It has nothing in common with the rest of the Passopisciaro range and you will need to look hard even to find mention of who made the wine. Anyway, it’s just a shade darker than the first two. Darker fruit nose, dates, Indian spices. The best nose of the three, very attractive. Yet in the mouth it’s less expressive than the others, a bit muted. Hmm.
I enjoyed these but am not totally sure what to make of them. First of all I don’t see the Galloni reverse split (the Pianrosso towering over the single-vineyard bottlings, as he found). They are all pretty similar wines and there’s not much to choose between them. In particular the Contrada C and Pianrosso are hard to tell apart even sitting right next to each other. I don’t want to sound overly negative: they are nice wines and I would buy them again, although based on this I’m wondering how much distinctiveness the different sites confer, and I would see no need to have all three. I would suggest the Pianrosso is the play here.