We’ve been immersing ourselves in Italian wines and we decided to share some favorites with you for this month’s wine club. The beauty of tradition and family is prominent with these wine makers. They value the unique qualities of the terroir and honor it by making extraordinary wines that we’re excited to share with you.
P. & E. Mullins
2015 Costa di Giulia Toscana IGT
Winemaker Michele Satta first came to the region of Bolgheri in 1974 as a dedicated and determined student. He wanted to learn everything about growing grapes and making wine in this coastal Tuscan region. In 1982 he started his first winery and became an expert on the great terroir of this coastal grape-growing region. His wines have been well regarded in Italy and abroad ever since. This Tuscan white is made of Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass it is a light straw yellow in color. The nose has aromas of flowers, white peach and gentle vanilla. It has beautiful minerality from the clay and sandy soil. The mouthfeel is round and weightier and it carries a long and pleasant finish.
The Pala family started making wines in Sardinia in 1950. Now third generation, the most important item that has been passed down from generation to generation, is the passion of making wine that expresses the character and values of the family on this extraordinary Island. They have always valued the terroir, the tradition, and respect for their land. This 100% Vermentino is grown organically. In the glass the color is pale yellow with greenish tints. The nose is bright and intense with notes of floral, lime and balsamic. The palate displays vegetal characteristics, it’s smooth and full of good depth and well balanced. It has a long citrus finish.
2016 Occhipinti SP68 Rosso IGT Terre Sicilane
Arriana Occhipinti is one of the youngest most well regarded female wine makers in the World. She released her fist vintage in 2006 when she was just 24 years old. After spending her teen years assisting her wine maker Uncle Giusto Occhipinti whose wines are undisputedly amongst the very best of Sicily, she attended university to study viticulture and oenology. This quickly proved to be counter-intuitive, since everything she had learned from her uncle (organic viticulture, hand-harvesting, native yeast fermentations) clashed with what she was being taught in school. Undeterred she started making her own wine at just 20 years old focusing on natural wine making. We’re sharing with you the Occhipinti SP68 Rosso a blend of Frappato and Nero D’Avola varietals. The color is vivid in the glass. The nose is pure and floral. The palate is luscious and elegant with pretty cherry fruit. The tannins grip you on the finish just gently enough to have you lingering for more. We recommend opening this wine up and letting it breath before enjoying.