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)

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Mike Madaio's writing has also appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Edible Philly, and Philly Beer Scene, and he has achieved Italian Wine Ambassador certification from the Vinitaly International Academy. Find more of his work at Life at Table.

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