Newsletter: 2021 Giuseppe Cipolla 'Passofonduto'

Newsletter: 2021 Giuseppe Cipolla 'Passofonduto'

Today’s wine is all about the sheer force of will and unwavering vision of a single person. Like all great artists and visionaries, Giuseppe Cipolla has the ability to see greatness where others cannot. His story is not a new one, but a rare one; one that comes along once in a generation. A story reminiscent of Jean Foillard in Beaujolais or Michel Lafarge in Volnay, Cipolla is among the type of people who believe they can create something deeper and more meaningful than has historically been thought possible.    

There’s something to be said for a wine that speaks for itself, a wine that must prove its' excellence because it has no famed last name or prominent appellation to fall back on. This wine is THAT GOOD. A deep Sicilian red with concentrated, broad and expansive flavors. You feel Giuseppe’s unwavering effort and energy in every sip.  I truly believe this is one of the great wines of Italy today. 

I'm proud to offer the only bottles of 2021 Giuseppe Cipolla ‘Passofonduto’ in South Carolina.  

Mostly Nero d’Avola with 10% Nerello Mascalese from a single plot planted by hand by Giuseppe himself. The vines are bush trained, farmed organically and hand harvested. The de-stemmed grapes are gently pressed and ferment spontaneously with ambient yeast. The wine is then aged in used French oak barrels before being bottled un-fined, unfiltered. 

Intense, powerful and brooding. This is a velvety expression of Nero d’Avola with plenty of energy. Black cherry and cassis are interwoven with rosemary, pasilla chili and accented by a touch of iodine. The palate is equally complex, building on the nose with plum, blueberry, violets and graphite, all framed by nuanced tannins. Contemplative and serious, but still lifted and elegant. WOW.

Giuseppe Cipolla comes from a long line of farmers in central Sicily. Most of the family land now under vine was formerly planted to cereal grains and other staple crops. While the majority of his farm is still planted to these crops, Giuseppe has dedicated the past decade of his life to winemaking, focusing on the indigenous Sicilian varieties and the undiscovered terroir hidden beneath.

Part of what makes this part of Sicily so special, and why it was never previously considered for grape cultivation, is that it was once a source for rock salt. The soil reflects the deep mines still running beneath the surface, with chunks of mineral deposits scattered throughout each vineyard. Giuseppe believes this gives his wines a deep, profoundly mineral backbone that offer a bold and unique expression of this terroir.

2021 Giuseppe Cipolla ‘Passofonduto’ - $73.99


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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants





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