Emiliano Falsini

One of Italy’s best-known winemaking consultants, Emiliano has a glittering roster of clients including Girolamo Russo (Etna), and Giacomo Fenocchio (Barolo). When, in 2019, he decided to begin work on his own range of wines, Emiliano opted for the two regions closest to his heart: Sicily’s Mount Etna and the Tuscan Coast, just south of Bolgheri. 

Etna’s potential for producing ethereal, mineral reds is today beyond question – not for nothing was a recent Wine Advocate article featuring Emiliano’s wines titled ‘Etna: The Burgundy of the Mediterranean.’ Emiliano farms three hectares of Nerello Mascalese in Feudo Pignatone, a Contrada on the volcano’s north slope. His vines lie at some 700 metres’ altitude, and the majority were planted at least a century ago. 

Emiliano’s holdings in his native Tuscany also amount to a mere three hectares, just five kilometres from the sea, which are planted exclusively to Cabernet Franc. A key constituent of Super Tuscans such as Ornellaia and Sassicaia, Cab Franc shines here in the warm maritime climate on soils of sandy clay with pockets of fine gravel. 

Profiled below, Emiliano’s wines from both Etna and Tuscany are characterised by lifted aromas (indicative of a high proportion of whole-bunch across the board), fresh acidity, silky smooth tannins and a saline, mineral resonance. They make evident his technical mastery as well as his intuitive grasp of terroir.   

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The Wines


2022 Feudo Pignatone Sciauro, Etna Rosato • £136/6 IB 

Exquisite rosé made from the fruit of Emiliano’s youngest Nerello Mascalese vines on the north slope of Mount Etna. The northerly aspect and those famous, vertiginous (700 metres’ altitude) volcanic slopes account for this wines’ crispness and mouth-watering salinity. In the best traditions of Italian rosato, it also boasts sufficient body and personality to pair with a wide range of cuisines. 


2021 Feudo Pignatone, Etna Rosso • £150/6 IB 

With a proportion of fruit from century-old vines, this gorgeous red has a playful, whole-bunch (30%) influenced nose with violets and red berries to the fore. Plush and giving on the attack, the ‘21 can be broached immediately, but there’s plenty of nuance here, which reveals itself as the palate tapers to that long, stoney/salty finish characteristic of Etna’s best wines.  


2021 Davanti Casa Feudo Pignatone, Etna Rosso  • £240/6 IB 

This wine’s incredible precision mirrors the meticulousness of the winemaking behind it. Davanti Casa is made from the finest bunches, hand-selected from a single-parcel of century-old vines in front of (Davanti) the ancient farmhouse. Vinified with 35% whole bunches, it spends a fortnight on the skins; the wine gently absorbing all the magic of its terroir. Emiliano is a past-master at oak management, so while the ’21 was aged in 100% new barriques, their impact is remarkably subtle. Davanti Casa combines real presence and density with a sense of weightlessness. 


The Wines


2021 Il Debbio Cabernet Franc, IGT Costa Toscana  • £150/6 IB 

Energetic Cab Franc with cool black fruit and smoky aromas. The 2021 growing season was characterised by a cool, wet winter followed by a dry summer, and Il Debbio expresses this with its combination of freshness and perfectly ripe tannins. Half the wine was raised in barriques, the other half amphora which, in Emiliano’s experience, emphasises its mineral character.  


2021 Limite Cabernet Franc, IGT Costa Toscana • £240/6 IB 

Limite is oh so elegant and stony, but with a Tuscan sensuality thanks to its plush fruit and silken tannins. The concept and indeed the winemaking are similar to Davanti Casa (Etna): the finest berries are hand-selected, again with around 30% whole-bunch fermentation and ageing of 10 months in new French oak barriques. Expect aromas of cassis, granite and Mediterranean herbs. The palate is full but lithe, with a long, cleansing finish – like a crashed wave slowly retreating across glistening sand. This is already so complete and harmonious, but will only improve with another 3-5 years in bottle.