Staff Pick

Aleatico Rosso "Alea Viva," Andrea Occhipinti - 2014

Item # 23608 750mL
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Tasting Notes

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.


Staff Pick Notes

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.

- LM

About the Producer

Gradoli, Lazio, Italy Andrea Occhipinti fell in love with the vineyards of Gradoli while he was at the Agrarian University of Tuscia, so much so that they became the subject of his master thesis in 2004. Soon after graduating, Andrea was able to purchase 4 hectares of vineyards planted in the 1990’s. They are set at 450 meters above sea level (1500 feet) on the volcanic slopes of Lake Bolsena,...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Aleatico

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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