Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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124 | MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) ITA l Y a lthough the wines that had made Andrea famous in Tuscany were produced with firm international leanings and a nod toward Bordeaux, he arrived in Sicily with a completely open mind. Here it was the purity of the indigenous Nerello m ascalese grape, mixed with e tna's volcanic terroir that made the wines great. ✦ The Guardiola vineyard, hailed as a "Grand Cru" of the region, is one of the sites that Andrea sought out. Here the soils are quite poor, with volcanic sands and basalt pebbles at a high elevation of 800 meters, creating a cool exposition. Guardiola is a structured wine, tense, complex and cooler-toned, in need of time in the cellar, yet, with time, will repay a collector tenfold. Passopisciaro Contrada Guardiola 2015 VM 94 » $72 "Bright dark red. Intensely aromatic...vibrant and tactile, with polished tannins." Ian D'Agata (1528097) The Contrada Rampante is produced from ancient vines at altitudes up to 1000 meters above sea level, from a vineyard that is drenched by the heat of the Sicilian sun throughout the entire day. The push and pull of atmospheric stress creates fruit of immeasurable depth and intensity–yet the wines show brilliance and purity. Passopisciaro Contrada Rampante 2014 VM 95+ » $62 limited "... Refined, extremely perfumed and very pure... Offers compelling sweetness and a fine-grained texture. The vibrant, extremely long finish coats the entire palate." Ian D'Agata (1550148) Pu R i TY OF eTN a aBOV e aLL eLS e The story of Passopisciaro starts with the highly successful Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany, when a ndrea Franchetti turned his attention south, to Mount e tna in Sicily, convinced that its unique soils, high altitudes and volatile atmosphere would be capable of producing a wine like no other made in i taly.

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