Filippo Rizzo and his wife Nancy met over a decade ago while Filippo owned and operated a small restaurant in Belgium. At that time Filippo was among the first to be talking about and serving natural wines anywhere outside of Paris. His family had ties to Sicily and he was truly passionate about the preservation of the land and the importance of additive free wine. After years in restaurants and retail Filippo decided to get back to the land the best way he knew how, become a winemaker. With a scant 11 hectare farm, 4 of which are under vine, Filippo and Nancy have built the tiny Lamoresca estate from the ground up. While reviving his own olive groves and vines, Filippo spent several vintages with his comrade and fellow winemaker Frank Cornelissen making wine high on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
La Moresca is the only winery for roughly 50 square km’s and Filippo and his farm hand Gaetano work the land endlessly by hand. Lamoresca is located in the southern most corner of the province of Catania, between Etna and Gela on the southern coast, at ~450 meters above sea level.
It’s a big heady vintage, but clean, plush and packed full of almost juicy cherry fruit. There’s an array of wild herbs and black olives, concentrated fruit with ripe open-weave chalky tannin, fresh raspberried acidity, and slick of tannin and again the olives doused in dried herb flavour in the aftertaste. It’s a really good release. Something like 93, but I think really 94 points. Such a wild pleasure ride. Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 15%; Price: $50; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2016-2020+; Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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