Andrea Occhipinti, Rosso Arcaico, Vino Rosso, 2020
An hour or so north of Roma close to the border with Tuscany lies the estate of Andrea Occhipinti. Here he established his organic winery of 4Ha in the mid-1990s and decided to focus upon indigenous varietals from the Lazio region.
The Rosso Arcaico is an equal blend of the Aleatico and Grechetto grape varieties. Fermentation is with natural yeasts and the wine is raised in clay amphorae for six months. Minimal sulphur is used and only at bottling.
This is a fresh wine, with vibrant red cherry fruit and crushed Mediterranean herbs on the nose. The palette is juicy, round with refreshing acidity and offers up cherries, violets, and a hint of chocolate.
Pair with pasta dishes, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, hard cheeses, or enjoy alone.
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