Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 6) - 2022 Giuseppe Cipolla Passofonduto 'Solfare' Bianco

Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 6) - 2022 Giuseppe Cipolla Passofonduto 'Solfare' Bianco

These are the top wines that stood out among the thousands of wines I tasted this year. Some are always in stock, some are rare and hard to find, but all of them are sure to fill you with joy this Holiday Season.   
DAY 6:    
This wine took me by surprise. A completely unexpected and thrilling bottle that had the whole shop swooning upon tasting it. It's bottles like this that keep my love for wine burning strong after all these years.

From a little known winery, helmed by one man tending his vines in central Sicily, comes this transcendant skin-contact white. An orange wine that defies the category. It's lucid and mineral-driven, packed with aromas of Sicilian citrus and coastal freshness. But there's a dazzling textural component that takes this wine to the next level. I have not found a wine in this genre with this much poise, elegance and precision.

Its unique terroir and expert winemaking put this in a class by itself. Not only one of the most memorable bottles of the year, but I have never tasted a more impressive skin-contact white wine.   
A blend of two indigenous Sicilian varieties: Grillo and Catarratto with a small touch of extremely old-vine Muscat of Alexandria. Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented on the skins for one day in tank, before racked into a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak for 12 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

A brilliant orange in the glass, the nose is vibrant and expressive, full of orange blossom, fresh apricots, ginger and petrichor. The flavor-packed palate is in perfect harmony, with juicy sumo citrus, marmalade and subtle saline notes buttressed by supple tannins and refreshing acidity. An eye-opening wine that's a cut above the rest.   
Giuseppe Cipolla comes from a long line of farmers in central Sicily. Most of the family land now under vine was formerly planted to cereal grains and other staple crops. While the majority of his farm is still planted to these crops, Giuseppe has dedicated the past decade of his life to winemaking, focusing on the indigenous Sicilian varieties and the undiscovered terroir hidden beneath.

Part of what makes this part of Sicily so special, and why it was never previously considered for grape cultivation, is that it was once a source for rock salt. The soil reflects the deep mines still running beneath the surface, with chunks of mineral deposits scattered throughout each vineyard. Giuseppe believes this gives his wines a deep, profoundly mineral backbone that offer a bold and unique expression of this terroir. 


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Justin Coleman
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