On Island Time - 3 Bottle Set
SP68 Bianco, Arianna Occhipinti, 2017, Sicily: Plush ripe fruit, a complex intermingling of herbs and flowers, the golden-pink dusty skies at the days’ end, and that visceral feeling that connects you to someone inexplicably; an unknowable mystery exists between the lines and languages, one that‘s delicate and hazy as the wine itself. Although her uncle is a winemaker, Arianna blazed her own trail, working hard to independently build a winery that could pay tribute to her home. This is a most honest, golden wine of place, and a too-thin slice of one of my favorite wines and people on earth. Made with extended skin contact, and this vintage is the one that we worked harvest for, so I basically made this wine! Jk. % Zibibbo + 40% Albanello, two varieties native to Sicily; spontaneous fermentation, bottled unfiltered.
Fanino, Gabrio Bini, 2017, Pantelleria: I’ve never met him but this guy clearly has island fever (aka is insane). This is truly total geek wine; Fanino is a blend of both white and red grapes from Pantelleria, the island off the coast of Sicily best-known for its sweet wine and capers. This is a red wine made dry with ancient methods in a mad man’s cellar. It is particularly fresh, delicate, and twinkling like Tyrrhenian Sea. This reminds me of those lacy Jura reds, except that it is its own wild, Italian island creature.
Eduardo Torres Acosta, Versante Nord Rosso, 2016, Mount Etna, Sicily: Eduardo is actually from the Canary Islands, and he’s hopped to Sicily to make some of the most soulful island wines out there. He is soft spoken and wise, and the wine reflects that. This red comes from two special parcels on the slope of the largest active volcano in Europe! Both are facing north, and are between 550 and 700 meters above sea level on soft, lava-rich soils from volcanic eruptions. The vines are half-century old and this red is a blend of all indigenous grapes: 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% other native varieties, including the area’s famed white, Carricante.