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Olivastri Tommaso L'Ariosa Cococciola DOC 2017

Wine Type: Large_icon Large_icon
Style of Wine:Fruity & Smooth
Country of Origin:Italy
Wine Region:Abruzzo
Grape Varietal:Cococciola
Bottle Format:750mL
Case Size:6 bottles
$167.40 Per Case ($27.90/btl)


Tasting Notes

Olivastri Tommaso is a family-run estate is in Abruzzo, in the heart of the historic Costa dei Trabocchi, south of Pescara. The winery began in 2000, when Tommaso decided to put to fruition the passion and knowledge he learned from the two generations of wine-growers who preceded him: his father Antonio and grandfather Tommaso.

They owns 15 hectares of vineyards between the hills and the sea, close to the town of San Vito Chietino. The area provides a complex combination of soils and microclimates that give rise to grapes and wines of unique identity and high quality. The family follows closely the full production cycle from vineyards to bottle, the concept that “good wine is made in the vineyard” guides all decisions. Vinified grapes are the result of patient care and careful research, and cultivation respects methods and times of nature. In the cellar, further care is taken to enhance the identity of each grape variety and to produce genuine wines that express what nature provides and respects the traditions of Abruzzo wines.

The L’Ariosa Estate vineyards (means “the windy estate”, referring to the constant breezes off the Adriatic) lie 15 metres a.s.l., and only a short distance from the Adriatic. The predominantly calcareous sandy soils were once covered by ancient seas (small marine fossils can be found in the soil), are well-draining and contribute distinctive mineral notes. The constant gentle sea breezes mitigate the warm sea sun, allowing a full maturation and natural expression and development of the white grapes.

Made from 100% Cococciola (pronounced coe-coe-choe-la) grapes, hand-harvested from low-yield vineyards. This is an ancient grape, indigenous to the Province of Chieti, and until recently has mostly been used as a blending grape. Traditional white wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept chilled for 18 hours at 4 celsius to preserve fresh aromatics. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for two months, and rests in bottle for two more months.

Our tasting note: Delicate, straw-yellow colour, with aromas and flavours of apple, apricot, and citrus with herbal/floral notes. Dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity, a touch of minerality, and a persistent finish.

Food matches: Pair with appetizers, seafood salads and baked fish, sushi, white meats, fresh cheeses, and lighter-style vegetarian dishes.


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