Always an exciting time here at Union when Filippo Rizzo's Lamoresca Wines are in store, but even more so when Filippo graces us with two new wines!!
For the first time, we see the new cuvees come in the form of a tiny batch 'Nero' Nero d'Avola and 'Elsa' Rosso, which is a blend of Nerello Mascalese 60%, Frappato 20% and Nero d’Avola 20%, made in somewhat of a Riserva style, being that the best grapes are selected from harvest.
We also have replenished stocks of the ever-delicious, savoury Rosato and the Summer friendly red in the straight Frappato.
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. The area has a combination of deeply compressed sandstone soils mixed with calcium and iron-rich clay. The old vines are a mixture of nero d’avola, grenache and nerocapitano (frappato) for the reds, and the extremely rare vermentino corso and some roussanne for the white; all of which are worked without the aid of any chemical or pesticide. The wines are naturally fermented without temperature control and no sulfur is used at all throughout the process. Courtesy of Selection Natural.
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. Mondo Imports