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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Tenuta di Castellaro Ypsilon
90POINTS
16½/20

Tenuta di Castellaro Ypsilon 2017

Sicily, ItalyThis comes from Lipari Island, part of the volcanic Aelian Islands north of Sicily. The blend is based on corinto nero, an indigenous variety commonly associated with the Aelian Islands, alongside 30% nero d’avola, and 10% alicante. The fruit is destemmed and then fermented with wild yeasts at cool temperatures, with a short time on the skins. It is then aged in stainless steel for 12 months and bottled unfiltered. From the winemaking to the glass, there’s a clear stylistic aspiration: a light-bodied, juicy red that is meant to be enjoyed with a slight chill. However, it doesn’t sacrifice any sense of place in achieving that. The fruit shows clear Mediterranean character, with sunbaked black fruits, sun-dried tomato, herbs, and a distinctive florality. It’s quite savoury, true to Italian form, but moreish in a way that will be familiar to fans of Beaujolais. A wine well off the beaten path that is worth discovering.Tasted: 13 June 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 35.99 BCLS Producer: Tenuta di CastellaroDistributors: Sur Lie
Blend: Nerello Mascalese - Nero d’Avola - CorintoCSPC: 143498UPC: 00626990404217