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Andrea Franchetti worked as a wine distributor in New York in the 1980’s where he got to know some of the most influential and ground-breaking wine producers in the world. These friends later inspired and helped him in setting up Tenute de Trinoro in Col D’Orcia, in the late 1990’s, and later Passopisciaro on the Mount Etna in Sicily in 2000. Having received many high scores by Robert Parker and Gambero Rosso, Andrea Franchetti has now secured a reputation as one of the most exciting new winemakers in Italy. Passopisciaro is a result of early picked Nerello Mascalese, an unusual indigenous Sicilian grape and botanical ancestor of Pinot Noir, from the northern side of Mount Etna. Vibrant, fresh and lively in style, aromas of red cherry, violet and spice grace the nose, whilst the palate is elegant, harmonious and gracefully. An enveloping finish suggests flavours of raspberry, liquorice, vanilla and black olive. A delicious wine to drink now, this should also drink well for a number of years, and would make a rewarding partner with duck and venison dishes.