L'Ariosa Cococciola DOC 2022
Case of 12 bottles.
The L’Ariosa Estate vineyards (means “the windy estate”, referring to the constant breezes off the Adriatic) lie 15 metres a.s.l., and only a short distance from the Adriatic. The predominantly calcareous sandy soils were once covered by ancient seas (small marine fossils can be found in the soil), are well-draining and contribute distinctive mineral notes. The constant gentle sea breezes mitigate the warm sea sun, allowing a full maturation and natural expression and development of the white grapes.
Made from 100% Cococciola (pronounced coe-coe-choe-la) grapes, hand-harvested from low-yield vineyards. This is an ancient grape, indigenous to the Province of Chieti, and until recently has mostly been used as a blending grape. Traditional white wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept chilled for 18 hours at 4 celsius to preserve fresh aromatics. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for two months, and rests in bottle for two more months.
Our tasting note: Delicate, straw-yellow colour, with aromas and flavours of apple, apricot, and citrus with herbal/floral notes. Dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity, a touch of minerality, and a persistent finish.
Food matches: Pair with appetizers, seafood salads and baked fish, sushi, white meats, fresh cheeses, and lighter-style vegetarian dishes.