Yesterday I spent a good part of the day showing the four single cru’s of Passopisciaro from the 2009 vintage. It was a fascinating exercise and showed just how different each cru is due to the different altitudes on Mount Etna and the different lava flows for each site.
For me, my favourite cru of Passopisciaro is Rampante, delicate and fragrant but with so much power and tannins in the palate it makes you do a double take.
For me these Southern Italian wines and most Italian wine in general, needs to be drunk out of a burgundy glass. At an appointment yesterday, the four single cur’s were served in a Chianti/Riesling glass and the wines were so subdued. As soon as they were transferred in the right glassware, that Mount Etna magic was back in full force.