Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2016 MunJebel Rosso CR, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)

Item Number: 12997

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Campo Re
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2400 feet

This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from a partly ungrafted vineyard Campo Re situated at the far western side in the valley floor at the entrance of Randazzo. The vineyard altitude is 735 meters asl and is characterized by deep soil. This cru is profound and tannic and more backward and Nebbiolo-ish compared to the other crus.

Average Age of Vines: 70+ years

Winemaking Notes: Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks, then aged in neutral resin vats of 1500 or 2500 liters. Wine was not fined. It was filtered before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites were added.

Appellation Notes: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGT for the sake of uniformity.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, this vintage is ruby red with hints of garnet. With notes of cherry, blackberry and spice, this is a concentrated, but balanced and elegant wine.

90pts (2017 Vintage) Decanter 9/10/2019
"There are hefty raspberry aromas and a hint of gaminess, while the palate is rich and broad, with ample flesh and weight. The power and density seem overbearing, and a touch more freshness would be welcome. However, these wines have a strong following. Drink 2020-2028."


91pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 10/17/2019
"The 2017 Munjebel CR sees fruit sourced from the Contrada Campo Re in Castiglione di Sicilia, Etna. Like other vintners on the volcano, Frank Cornelissen is interested in studying the single-vineyard characteristics and identities of his individual incoming harvests. This wine is bright and luminous, with a pretty ruby color that cedes to aromas of wild rose, volcanic ash and aniseed."

Reviews

  • International Wine Report
    Rating: 95 (9/1/2018)

    The 'MunJebel CR' (Campo Re) Rosso comes from 70+ year old Nerello Mascalese vines grown at 735m elevation on the Western side of Etna's Northern Valley. It has a gorgeous nose with seductive aromas of wild black cherry, pomegranate, black pepper, exotic mushroom, dried rose petal along with hints of tar and dried spices. Fresh, silky and beautifully polished, this continues to impresses with its remarkable depth and focus, as red fruits and spice flavors work their way through the beautiful long finish. This is an elegant and remarbably pure expression of Nerello Mascalese with firm tannins and tremendous structure. Delicious today with some extended ait contact, but ideal to cellar for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 15 plus.