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2019 Mario de Bartoli 'Lucido' Sicily, Italy

$24

 It’s intense and complex, super aromatic on the nose and palate, but bone dry, with exotic flavor notes (bitter almonds, orange water, cardamom and white flowers), a round, waxy texture and bright acidity.

Marco di Bartoli comes from a Marsala-producing family. He wandered for a while, became a race car driver among other random things, but found his way back to the family business, intent on changing up the status quo – which in his region was pretty industrial. He moved all farming to organics, insisted on hand harvesting in a machine-driven wine region, worked only with estate-grown grapes and fully ripened, and native yeast fermentations. Marco passed a few years back, but his adult children Renato, Sebastiano and Giuseppina are continuing the good work started by their papa.

Catarratto is the most planted grape in Sicily (and the 2nd in Italy).  Suffice to say, it's pretty ubiquitous on the boot. But there's an unusual Catarratto type called Lucido, featured in this bottling, whose berries have a less powdery but more shiny surface and more potential for greatness, like his Lucido demonstrates here.

2019 Mario de Bartoli 'Lucido' Sicily, Italy

$24
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