This is a fascinating dry wine made on the astonishingly beautiful Aeolian Islands, just north of Sicily (which are known mostly for their sweet passito wines). 60% Malvasia di Lipari and 40% Carricante, vines are grown using the Alberello technique, an ancient method each vine is staked to grow by itself. The Malvasia is aged in steel tanks, the Carricante in 3rd/4th passage barriques, with bâtonnage and lees contact for about 6 months.

Man this wine is good! Such a complex mix of fruity, savory and mineral. Evolving. Wonderful acid. Worth every penny of the $35 it costs (media sample provided). Would love to follow some over time, but I’m not sure I can wait. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

(featured image by Tenuta di Castellaro)