Frank Cornelissen 2016 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)
Item Number: 12992
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Barbabecchi Soprano
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2985 feet
Case Production: 125
Magma is Frank’s “Grand Vin.” It is from the Barbabecchi Vineyard at 910 meters asl. Planted around 1910 and north-northeast exposed, it captures the first and cool morning sun rays. This pure Nerello Mascalese from ungrafted old vines produces a profound wine, rich as well as elegant at the same time with character and personality: licorice and oriental spices. Magma is produced only in great vintages.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks. Wine is not fined. It is filtered before bottlling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites are added.
Appellation Note: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGP for the sake of uniformity.
2016 Vintage Voted #20 on Top 100 Wines of 2018 by International Wine Report
96pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Savory herbs, balsamic oils, red cherry, raspberry nectar and minerals on the captivating nose. Big, rich and dense, with an ultra-smooth mouthfeel offering spicy nuances complicating flavors of quinine, red cherry and mineral flavors. The finish is long, thick and suave. This is an extremely complex and concentrated young red wine, yet stays light on its feet. Made with grapes grown in the Barbabecchi contrada."
93+pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"With fruit from the Contrada Barbabecchi, the 2017 Magma is a wine of extreme and unique individuality. This is something that can be said of all the wines I have ever tasted from Frank Cornelissen over these many years. When I think back over his body of work, I am also reminded that no two wines ever taste the same. Even the same bottle won't taste the same if you choose to drink it in a different setting or in different company. These are shadow-shifting wines that morph into fluid and abstract definitions of what wine really is—and what we do and do not like about it. It also occurs to me that all the abstract and psychedelic meaning that can be inferred from his wines suddenly makes perfect sense against the surreal and otherworldly backdrop that is Etna."