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Occhipinti Passo Nero Passito 2019

Vittoria, Sicily, ItalyFrom one of the world's leading natural winemakers and advocates, Arianna Occhipinti transmits terroir from south western Sicily's limestone-laced via her organic, non-interventionist wines. This special nero d'avola passito was destemmed and had 2 weeks of drying time on racks prior to a native ferment with 30 days maceration on skins. It then aged 16 months in 750L barrels before heading to bottle unfined and unfiltered, where it remained for at least 6 months prior to release. Layers of ripe cassis, ribena jam, red liquorice, golden raisins, dried paper and old leather work across a hazy, textural, sweet palate, studded with cracked cloves, wild mint, and flake salts. There's an easy freshness that keeps this from being cloying, and encouraging pairing with fine dark chocolate. 1764 bottles.Tasted: 01 September 2022Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Arianna OcchipintiDistributors: Sedimentary Wines
The Living Vine
Grape: Nero d'Avola