Andrea Occhipinti (no relation to the more famous Arianna) makes wine on the slopes of Bolsena, a lake in Lazio close to the Tuscan border and an hour or so north of Rome. He fell in love with Lazio while studying agriculture in the region and eventually purchased 4 hectares of vines in the mid-nineties on the slopes of an ancient volcano 450 metres above sea level and decided to work exclusively with Lazio's indigenous grape varieties including Aleatico and Grechetto. All is organic at the estate; harvesting is done manually and only ambient yeasts are used. Sulphur is added in very small quantities during the bottling process only. The Rosso Arcaico is a 50/50 blend of the afore-mentioned red grapes and is raised in clay amphorae for several months.
A vivid cherry-red in the glass. Aromas of cherries, violets and sweet herbs. On the palate, supple and refreshing with a pronounced minerality. Altogether a beautifully balanced wine with a lingering finish. Great with pasta with fresh artichokes, olives and Guanciale, Bucatini Amatriciana or a chunk of Pecorino Romano cheese.