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I am very excited to announce that my new labels are ready! 
La Bambina, Inzolia and Nero d'Avola Menfi DOC now have a new design and also new names (well, some of them). 

I have been thinking about changing my labels' design for quite a while. The previous ones were approved by my dear father, let's say more than 10 years ago, and it has not been easy for me to finally admit that it was time to move on.  

After accepting that a change was needed, my biggest problem was to adapt the way my wines should look to their personality, which has very much changed in the past years because the wine company my father designed was quite different ten years ago, and the path I have been walking after he passed away has led me to a different direction. I wanted the new labels to represent my evolution as a vintner and a winemaker, and also to show the tight connection between my wines and the beautiful terroir where I work and live. I chose bright colors with a lot of contrast to immediately recall the lights and shades innate in the Sicilian culture, and I opted for names with a meaning.

La Bambina means "the baby girl". She has always had a dog's paw print on the label, but now the design is clearer. Let me please introduce you to Joe, my favorite brown lab who is the first living being that has appreciated and supported my efforts as a winemaker since the very beginning, many many years ago (all the story here).

Tivitti is the name I chose for the Inzolia: it means "I have seen you", and this is not only what kids shout when they play hide and seek, but it is also the traditional name of a Sicilian card's game that I used to play with my aunt Anna when I was very young. A playful, joyful name that I like very much for a hassle-free wine that is meant to be a cheerful companion for every relaxing moment.

Lu Còri means "The heart", and I believe it is just perfect for a generous wine made with Nero d'Avola, the most representative red grape of Sicily. 

 

These three wines have an even more special meaning when you read their names one after the other: La Bambina tivitti lu còri means "the baby girl can see your heart". It incredibly describes my personal approach to life, and somehow it relates to the most meaningful part of my life, that is wine: be open and innocent like a child to deeply connect with other's emotions

I am not sure my father would have really liked the drawing, as I have never been a talented designer, but I do believe he is watching over me, smiling with his different colored eyes. 

 

Tags: La Bambina, Lu Còri, Tivitti, wine labels

THE SHORT STORY

THE SHORT STORY

Grape variety: Inzolia grown in Dietro le Case vineyard
Soil: clay soil with calcareous components, very rich in limestones and sea minerals
Vineyard: planted in 1960s, head-trained bush vines
Winemaking: skin contact for 48 hours in steel tanks
Alcoholic fermentation: spontaneous, with wild yeast
Malolactic fermentation: spontaneous
Refining: 4 months on fine lees, in steel tanks
Aging: one oak barrel, where it ages in perpetuum with its sediment
Average production: a few dozen bottles every some years

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WINEMAKING

The grapes are handpicked the first half of September, when they are fully ripe. The traditional pruning system - called "a pezzo e spalla" - and the age of the vines, allow slow constant ripening cycles and a great aromatic concentration.

The fermentation is spontaneous, with 2 days skin contact. After soft pressing, the fermentation continues for 8 days in steel tanks. After malolactic is completed, the wine refines on fine lees for about 4 months and is then racked into one single oak barrel, where it ages in perpetuum with its sediment.

The wine is bottled directly from the barrel no more than 2-3 times every decade.

TASTING NOTES

Altrimenti has a bright amber color, enlivened by golden hues. Its nose is predominantly tertiary, where fruity notes of apricot and ripe figs blend onto an intense and aromatic herbal background, enriched by roasted and dried nuts.

It is dry and full bodied to the palate, with a distinct savory personality that harmoniously meets a tannic finish.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 54 - 58 °F
Pour Altrimenti in wide glasses, at a fresh but not chilled temperature.
Please avoid freezers and blast chillers, as well as a prolonged time in your home refrigerator: this wine is not filtered nor fined, and any temperature below 40 °F will mortify its complex aromas.

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