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In-Store Tasting:
The Wines of Andrea Franchetti
One of Italy's Star Winemakers

Saturday, October 7th 1-4p.m.

MacArthur's Is Proud To Present the Wines of Andrea Franchetti, one of Italy's Star Winemakers. Don't miss this rare chance to taste wines from two of his Estates; Passopisciaro on Mount Etna, Sicily and Tenuta Trinoro in Southern Tuscany.

 

Famous for his Sicilian estate on Mount Etna and also his Tenuta Trinoro estate in Tuscany, Franchetti has earned much acclaim and great reviews for making wines with great finesse and character. You will probably never have another chance to taste this superb lineup of highly allocated wines.

 

In addition to his success in southern Tuscany at Tenuta di Trinoro, where some admirers speak of his wine as the Italian Cheval Blanc, Andrea Franchetti has been acknowledged as one of the early pioneers of the current renaissance of Etna wines. 

Etna Wine:

The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano. Franchetti now farms roughly 55 acres of vineyards spread across five different contradas (areas).

 

Passopisciaro – Passobianco 2014

The 2014 Passobianco is a pure expression of Chardonnay (100%) that ages in large oak casks for 4 months and is later moved to cement vats for an additional 8 months. This wine opens to a pretty, luminous appearance and it shows impressive aromatic intensity with whiffs of stone fruit, pear. Toasted almond and volcanic sulfur smoke.
92 points WA

 

Sale $26.99   |   SKU 70118

Passopisciaro – Passorosso 2014

The captivating nose combines strawberry, raspberry, minerals, violet and flint aromas. Rich, ripe and suave, but displays a penetrating, saline and energetic quality that gives this beauty a three-dimensional mouthfeel and a light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with great length and wonderfully polished tannins. Absolute knockout wine: from a memorable vintage on Etna, this is most likely the best Passorosso ever. 
97 points Vinous

 

Sale $34.99   |   SKU 72981

Passopisciaro – Contrada Chiapemacine 2015

Sweet spices and red cherry on the vivid nose. Then enters soft and round, but turns livelier, thanks to vibrant acidity that lifts the floral and red cherry flavors. Less explosive on the nose than Rampante and Sciaranuova, with a high, lemony acidity on the palate that speaks of this site's calcareous soils.
93+ points Vinous

 

Sale $49.99   |   SKU 72983

Passopisciaro – Contrada Rampante 2015

Very elegant, clean, precise aromas and flavors of red berries, botanical herbs and sweet spices. Finishes very mineral and refined with lots of lingering spicy red fruit. This is the most ready Contrada R I remember tasting from Franchetti. This wine can be drunk now, though it will also last another ten years without problems.
92+points Vinous

 

Sale $52.99   |   SKU 72984

Passopisciaro Contrada Sciaranuova 2015

Menthol, sour red cherry, and redcurrant liqueur on the spicy, intensely perfumed almost aromatic nose. Then also spicy in the mouth, with a fleshy powerful mouthfeel and outstanding length. This strikes me as being especially well balanced this year.
92+points Vinous

 

Sale $55.99   |   SKU 72985

Passopisciaro – Contrada Guardiola 2015

Intensely aromatic nose of super ripe red cherry, spices, minerals, balsamic vinegar and broom. Then clean, vibrant and tactile, with polished tannins providing noteworthy backbone on the long youthful, chewy finish. 
94 points Vinous

 

Sale $59.99   |   SKU 72987

Passopisciaro – Contrada Porcaria 2015

Very ripe aromas of sweet spices, quinine and red cherry. Similar flavors of aromatic red cherry and botanical herbs on the palate, with a fleshy tactile texture and a low acid mouthfeel. Finishes broad and ripe, with very good length. A bigger richer wine than Franchetti's other Contrada wines.

 

Sale $69.99   |   SKU 72986

Passopisciaro – Franchetti IGP 2013

The bouquet here is beautiful and generous with thick layers of black fruit and spice that peel back very slowly. The wine sports an inky black and impenetrable appearance with a thick, chewy consistency. The quality of fruit is slightly jammy but those drying volcanic and mineral tones bring the wine back to center and balance. 
94 points WA

 

Sale $125.00   |   SKU 73110

Tenuta di Trinoro

Tenuta di Trinoro Estate is considered one of the most iconic wines produced in Italy today. The estate, planted on virgin soil following the vision of owner and winemaker Andrea Franchetti, is planted solely with Bordeaux grapes, with a strong preponderance of Cabernet Franc. The isolated estate occupies an area of about 200 hectares, of which 22 are planted with vines. It is located in the Val d'Orcia, between 450 and 600 meters above sea level, where the eroded rock of the mountain gives way to the limestone and clay of an ancient sea floor. These Super Tuscan wines are unique in their area, expressing the particular conditions of this elevated, inland valley.

 

Tenuta di Trinoro – Le Cupole 2014

The gorgeous 2014 le Cupole defies the difficulties of the vintage thanks to extreme fruit selection (executed over numerous individual harvests). Andrea Franchetti is a perfectionist when it come to fruit selection. This Bordeaux-inspired Tuscan blend opens to a dark concentration and a full bouquet that is redolent of dark fruit, spice and tobacco. The aromas are delivered in seamless fashion and with noteworthy intensity. Those are the qualities that ultimately distinguish this wine among the many choices you have from Tuscany today.
91points WA

 

Sale $31.99   |   SKU 72982

Tenuta di Trinoro – Palazzi 2012

Trinoro's 2012 Palazzi, 100% Merlot, is flat-out stunning. Beautifully textured and layered in the glass, the 2012 boasts superb depth and intensity, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Dark raspberries, flowers, mint and new leather are some of the many notes that resonate on the finish. What a fabulous wine this is. Wow!
97 points Vinous

 

Sale $165.00   |   SKU 70127

 

We will be tasting the 2009 and 2012!!
Do NOT miss this tasting!

 

73123

Tenuta di Trinoro 2013

96 WA 179.00
73124

Tenuta di Trinoro 2012

98 VN 204.00
73127

Tenuta di Trinoro 2012 1.5L

98 VN 408.00
73125

Tenuta di Trinoro 2009

99 WA 216.00
73126

Tenuta di Trinoro 2007

94 WA 210.00

 

 

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