Possa - Rinascita 2017
(Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy) 375ml
Extremely rare and completely unique red sweet wine, made from grapes grown in some of the most challenging yet jaw-droppingly beautiful locations in the world. The grapes of Bonamico and Canaiolo are picked and hung out to dry in the cellar for four months. The berries are then individually removed, and footstomped for fermentation to kick off. The juice is then aged in tiny barrels for 18 months and bottled with zero additions. The wine is wildly exciting, with red berry and forest fruits and a tense citrusy edge that keeps it so fresh. Stunning.
Made by Heydi Bonanini, one of only a dozen growers still working the insane slopes of the Cinque Terre, and keeping alive a tradition well worth saving. Wines that speak of their sea cliffs origins, of salty winds, of hyper local grape varieties, and pure clarity. A grower for whom biodiversity is not just an aim but a way of life.