Northwest Sicily is not exactly the trendiest wine region in Europe. Sure, Etna is breaking quality and price barriers at a speed extremely uncommon for Italy, but that Sicily excitement has only spread minimally to the island’s lesser known parts.
Ottoventi focuses mostly on white wine, with this bottling of the indigenous ‘Zibibbo’ grape being one of their top offerings. Zibibbo is also known as Muscat d’Alexandria, but has much greater complexity than this grape typically exhibits. Ottoventi’s Zibibbo vines are about 15 years old and planted about 150 metres above sea level. I think more importantly, the vineyards are quite close to the coast and the wine’s acidity reflects that geography.
With wonderful floral aromatics, a mineral laced palate, and extreme drinkability, this is perfect spring and summer white wine at a fair price in this tax-gouged province.
$35 at Marquis Wine Cellars