Possa - U Neigru 2021
(Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy)
Pure Amarena cherry in a wine. 'U Neigru' means 'the red wine' in the local dialect of Riomaggiore, one of the five villages that form this Unesco World Heritage site. The wine is made fron the hyper local Bonamico grape along with some Canaiolo, grown at high altitude overlooking the sea, and given 5 days of skin contact with a very soft extraction. Aged in Chestnut barrels - this is super lean, packed full of flavour, one of our current favourite wines on the list.
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.