Region:Etna, Northern valley Vineyard:contrada Barbabecchi Elevation:870m.-910m. asl Location:Solicchiata Varietal: Nerello Mascalese 100% (ungrafted) Average age of vines: 100+ years Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes Fermentation: starting with a “pied-de-cuve” using only indigenous yeasts and skin contact for about 60 days Aging:In neutral epoxy tanks from 1200 liters to 2.500 liters Fining:No Filtering:Before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron Sulphur: values can vary from 5 to 30 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine. Annual production:approx. 1.500 bottles First vintage: 2001 Denomination:DOP Sicilia or IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese Bottle type: Dark burgundy bottle Available sizes:750ML, 1500ML, 3000ML and 5000ML (special request only) Recommended stemware: Zalto Burgundy Frank's “Grand Vin” from his Barbabecchi vineyard at 910m. asl. Planted around 1910 and North-North East exposed, capturing the first and cool morning sun rays. This pure Nerello Mascalese from ungrafted old vines produces a profound wine, rich as well as elegant at the same time with character and personality: liquorice and oriental spices. Only produced in great vintages where full phenolic ripeness is achieved.