Place: Roman Castles, Italy
Variety: Trebbiano, Malvasia, Nero Buono
ICARO Vino is a small but immensely exciting project by friends Rocco, Luca, Gianmarco and Fabio. Their mission statement is to revitalise and reintroduce the world to the wines of Romani Castelli (Roman Castles).
The site itself is one of sheer beauty, a single vineyard near Velletri, surrounded by a 250ha natural monument of wild forest, huge oaks, maples and cyclamen. The soil is volcanic, composed of clay and a small percentage of sand (pozzolana), in an area particularly rich in tuff. In the vineyard, homeopathic treatments such as propolis and molasses are used to attract insects that carry yeasts. Farming is organic and everything from grape to bottle is done by hand. The little-known indigenous grape ‘Nero Buono’ is the hero here.
Rosé from compulsive drinking. It is for partying and revelry, for noisy dinners, pool parties and summer nights. Subtle tannins, freshness, lots of acidity and the impetuosity of youth. Schicchera is agile, snappy and immediate. To drink in a flash!