Frank Cornelissen 2016 MunJebel Rosso CS, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 12999
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Chiusa Spagnola
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2034 feet
Case Production: 210
This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from ungrafted vines in contrada Zottorinoto, in the section Chiusa Spagnola situated lower in the valley floor. It is a bit hidden in an amphitheater surrounded by lava. Planted around 1925 at a lower altitude (620 meters asl), this unique vineyard produces profound, tannic wine.
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.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks. Wine was not fined. It was filtered before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites were added.
Tasting Notes: The MunJebel CS has vibrant, fruity notes of strawberry and raspberry. Fresh, juicy, with a hint of spice, the 2016 CS is a deep, beautifully balanced vintage.
94pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Licorice, fennel, black cherry, plum and smoke. Tactile and luscious with a sweet set of flavors similar to the aromas that are nicely framed by lovely acidity and polished tannins. Perhaps the most balanced and multifaceted of the Cornelissen single site wines in 2017. The CS on the label stands for Chiusa Spagnolo."