Barry’s Pick: 2014 Occhipinti Nero D' Avola, Siccagno, $34.00

I love Arianna Occhipinti! There I said it. Now that I got that off my chest I will go ahead with her favorite quote, (now, also my favorite quote): "We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." These words are credited to St. Exupery, the French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. Arianna obviously takes these words into account in everything she does in the vineyard and in the cellar, and the wines that result are intriguing, with gracious balance and finesse. Nero D' Avola is Sicily's most important grape variety, for good reason, but nowhere does this grape show case such splendor and charm as when in the hands of Arianna Occhipinti. This 2014 vintage is a fine example of that dedication to Mother Nature, and therefore to the character and quality that ooze from the glass. The wine is a beautiful, deep garnet color. The nose is incredibly inviting with bright cherry, eucalyptus and pomegranate notes. The tannins are super-fine and well integrated, and the feeling my palate gets when this wine spills over my taste buds is one of great warmth and comfort. Arianna says it best when she describes Siccagno as wild yet fresh, elegant, and red fruit flavored. Better get this one while it's here, there is not much available. Better yet, don't buy any so I can buy all the rest of it!