Cornelissen Contadino Etna Rosso 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: An AUDACIOUS and DELICIOUS red Sicilian wine.

Producer/Winery: Frank Cornelissen; Castiglione, Italy.

Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Sicily, Italy

Vintage: 2016

Price: Gift (Average Price $29.00)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Eggplant Parmesan


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, garnet color with the same color rim. Brawny aromas of musty damp earth, ripe blueberry, current, fresh baked bread and the smoke from burning wet wood. A mouthfeel that was rustic, tart, fruity, dry, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Gobs of sour cherry, current and ripe olive flavors with an intermittent smidgen of sage. Plenty of edgy acidity; fine grain tannins that grow as the wine is swished through the mouth and eventually develop plenty of grip in the long, powerful, fruity finish. WOW, a very unusual and energetic wine…funky start with diverse aromas, complex fruit flavors that have an atypical behavior…herbal at mid-palate and spiced fruit at the end. EXCELLENT pairing with the strong flavors in the eggplant Parmesan. An AUDACIOUS and DELICIOUS red Sicilian wine.

Frank Cornelissen working in his vineyard
Photo from Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen.
Comments: Learn more about Frank Cornelissen and his wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Ardea seal.

UPC Code: 8 033373 292477

Imported by: Fruit of the Vines; Long Island City, New York.