Occhipinti Siccagno Nero D'Avola, chili pepper, wet tobacco and black cherries


100% Nero d’Avola. Winemaker Arianna Occhipinti loves her home, Siciliy, and it shows in how she represents it with the utter transparency she shows in her wines. This Nero d’Avola comes from 30 year old vines that are trained in red sandy clay soils. This helps provide the wine with softer tannins, aided by destemming and almost two years in oak. Chili pepper, wet tobacco and black cherries collide on the nose while the palate can be characterized by dark licorice, tart dark cherry, ashy charcoal and fresh potting soil. Arianna’s wines are the ode to the place she loves.-

The vines average 30 years old, are organically and biodynamically farmed and harvested by hand, generally in the first 10 days of October. The fruit is destemmed but the berries left whole; it is fermented with native yeasts and 20-25 days of maceration.The wine is aged for 2 years in 3000-liter Stockinger (Austrian oak) casks before being bottled unfiltered.