Aleatico is a native grape that's typically vinified into a dessert wine. However, in this case, Andrea Occhipinti offers a compelling, aromatic, dry version. This is a red wine made from vines planted on the Island of Elba in Latium’s Lake Bolzena. The highly aromatic nose offers notes of wild raspberry and lively dark fruits and tannins.
Intense, aromatic wines: you either love them or you hate them. I'm definitely Team Love. Lacrima, Gewürztraminer, and Malvasia are some of my favorites. Most recently, I tasted the "Alea Viva" by Andrea Occhipinti (no relation to Biodynamic winemaker Arianna Ochhipinti). He uses Aleatico vines from the island of Elba, the only classified DOCG for sweet wines. These grapes are usually done in the dessert passito style, however, Occhipinti has fermented them dry to produce a complex, aromatic red. Violets fill the nose with lush raspberries and cherries on the palate. Ideally, serve slightly chilled. An excellent match with Korean BBQ.
Aleatico is a red-skinned member of the Muscat family of grapes. It is used in the production of sweet dessert-styled wines, both fortified and not. It grows predominantly in Puglia (Apulia), in the heel of the boot of southern Italy, and on the Island of Elba (to which Napoleon was exiled for life; legend has it that drinking Aleatico wine was the only enjoyable part of Napoleon’s lengthy stay)....
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