The 2016 Alicante is the newest discovery of that journey and it is impressive. Sourced from a single vineyard named "Vigna della Pieve", Ms. Foradori recognized that the site’s sandy soils rich in pebbles was a perfect fit for Alicante Nero, a common Mediterranean variety. While you’ve probably never heard the name of the varietal before in Italian, you likely will recognize it as Grenache in France, Cannonau in the neighboring island of Sardinia and as Garnacha in Spain. Ampeleia’s expression transmits the same notes on why we dearly love this grape so much: the silky body, the perfumed aromatics, but in credit with Ms. Foradori’s exceptional talent and skill as a winemaker, Ampeleia’s expression offers us a captivating unique portrait of what this grape can do on the Italian coastline. Hint: It performs astonishingly well.
“I have a soft spot for Alicante. This is fine and polished with bright acidity and a clean and beautiful finish. It's alll about drinkability here. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grapes.” 91 Points, James Suckling