You may remember this wine as Contadino - This is the third vintage under its new name and is not to be confused with its sought-after counterpart, Suscuaru Rosato...
There's no denying the hype around Frank, and popular opinion regarding his wine seems to have morphed and changed over the years, presumably as they have become that bit more unbiquitous and easier to get one's hands on. Anyone with such a reputation is bound to make waves, especially when they're based on the side of an active volcano - it's somehow poetic.
This is his entry level red, made using mainly Nerello Mascalese, the key red grape of Etna, and blended with a mixture of other red grapes that come from a selection of the other vineyard sites, or contrada as they are known. So the idea is that this is a more general introduction to the idea of making wines over these fertile, mineral-rich volcanic soils, made up as they are by centuries of lava flow and volcanic activity. Susucaru rosso comes across like a bunch of cherries steeped with charcoal smoke; taut acidity, impressive purity of fruit, but also very easy to get on with.
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This wine is articulated like a verse from Big L. Sharp and fluent on a smoky foundation. Gotta put it on.
Nothing else like it. Smooth, bright and a taste that lures you back for more. You'd be silly not to.