Nero Ossidiana is a testament to how we’ve championed indigenous grapes, showcasing the balance between the bright acidity and elegance of the grape Corinto Nero and the round, rich character of Nero d’Avola. The wine takes its name from the volcanic glass that arises from the rapid cooling of the obsidian lava flow. Corinto Nero, which is the dominant grape in this blend, is a seedless red variety that I rediscovered and relaunched after a massale selection started in 2005. It produces wines of great acidity that are very rich in fruit and spice. Fans of Pinot Noir and Grenache will embrace Corinto. Dark fruited and peppery, it is reminiscent of Syrah, with a polished mouthfeel. It is made in the traditional method with whole bunches, no temperature control, and no fining. The 2017 vintage specifically with a cold winter that led to a mild spring, delaying the initial development of the vine. However, hot temperatures in the summer sped up the growing process to allow great ripening and development, especially in Corinto Nero.
Tasting notes: This wine has a dark, deep purplish red color that is rich and vibrant. The nose expresses notes of cherry and spices that blend with the intriguing salty side of black Corinth for an envelope sensory complexity. The palate is elegant and refined, with the typical freshness and sapidity that you find from wines from Lipari. It is a wine that is extremely versatile with foods including grilled seafood and braised meats.