Arianna Occhipinti, Terre Siciliane SP68 Bianco 2022Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Muscat of Alexandria (Zibbibo) and Albanello
Arianna Occhipinti is a young woman of fierce perspective and drive. Her uncle is Giusto Occhipinti of the Sicilian COS winery. At age sixteen, Arianna was invited by Giusto to help out at the Vinitaly international wine exhibit. In four days time, she knew that she then wanted to study wine at university. Ironically, university did not help with her professional career, as everything she had learned was from her uncle. Undeterred, she began fresh with just one acre of abandoned vines, and grew. Her focus then became Frappatto and Nero D’avola, grown naturally and biodynamically. Not to be overshadowed by her uncle, Arianna has grown into her own person as a winemaker and received international acclaim as a young woman in the industry.
The SP68 refers to the main road that runs by the vineyards. It is also the oldest wine route ever attested as peasants would use this route to bring wines to the coast. Arianna likes to say that she is carrying the past and future at the same time via SP68. This is a blend of Muscat di Alexandria (but not sweet!) and the local Sicilian white called Albanello. This undergoes a couple weeks of skin maceration for texture, then six months in concrete, and one month in bottle.
COS, Zibibbo in Pithos Bianco 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Muscat of Alexandria (Zibbibo)
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is one of the most critical names in Italy. COS was founded by three friends to make traditional wine with respect for the place the grapes are grown. During their first harvest in 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. The acronym of their three last names forms “COS.” They were early adopters to Biodynamic farming, starting a movement on the island, which are still golden standards. The friends are hard workers, using an old winery given to them by a family friend and opting to use terracotta vases for ageing, a completely neutral vessel. Sicily has just one DOCG—Cerasuolo di Vittoria; the friends were the first winery to bottle a DOCG wine in Sicily. COS is located in Vittoria, the farthest tip of southeastern Sicily. The area recalls that of Africa, with its climate and land of red, ochre, and yellow tones.
What a unique wine, which is saying something in regards to the usual wines coming from COS. Zibbibo is the name for Muscat de Alexandria when grown in Sicily. While the variety does have potential as a sweet wine, this is vinified dry. The wine also sees skin contact for a whopping seven months while it ages in amphorae, or pithos, the Greek name for the same ageing vessel. Even for the richer, tannic style wine, the alcohol is only 11.5% and the acidity is completely in balance.