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Cantine Colosi
Malvasia delle Lipari Passito di Salina DOC
Sicilia
Malvasia delle Lipari is an Italian wine DOC for Malvasia-based wines produced on the Aeolian Islands, the volcanic archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Sicily. The wine dates back to the time of classical antiquity, much the same as its southern counterpart Moscato di Pantelleria, Sicily’s other white ‘volcano’ wine. Malvasia delle Lipari wines vary in their degrees of residual sugar (sweetness). The passito method is used to increase the levels of fermentable sugars and thus intensify the Malvasia grapes natural flavor. Famous is the quote of 19th-century French writer Guy de Maupassant saying that Malvasia di Lipari is: “sirop de soufre... le vin du diable” (“sulfur syrup... the devil’s wine”).

Owner: Colosi family
Website: www.cantinecolosi.it
Winemaker: Piero Colosi
Type: Dessert
Varietals: 95% Malvasia delle Lipari, 5% Corinto Nero

Vineyard Location: Island of Salina (Gramignazzi)
Orientation: South east
Elevation: 250 m a.s.l.
Trellising: Espalier, Guyot pruning
Soil: Volcanic, medium texture, rich in basalt

Vinification
The grapes are harvested in September and left to dry on racks under the sun for 15 days. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at 14 °C. Maceration on the skin for 12 hours

Aging Process
1 year in stainless steel tanks of 30 Hl plus 6 months in the bottle before the release

Tasting Notes
Color: Intense golden yellow color
Bouquet: The bouquet on the nose is lush and ample, with aromas of dried fruit, apricot and fig in particular, honey and eucalyptus
Flavor: On the palate it is sweet, full, smooth, well-structured and pleasantly aromatic with a long flavorful finish
Pairings: Ideal with foie gras, rich/blue cheeses, pastries and tarts, chocolate and ice cream. Excellent meditation wine.

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 60 °F
Production: 20,000 bottles