Thanks to Donne Fittipaldi, I can now say that I have tasted the Orpicchio grape – a variety that has never come across my tasting table in the 15 years I have tasted professionally.
Apparently, Orpicchio is grown in different spots across Tuscany but only a handful of estates vinify the grape.
I’m sure even fewer make a mono-variety expression as seen here. The resulting wine is rather short and lean in texture with biting acidity on the close.
Nevertheless, it offers an exciting opportunity for those who, like me, are obsessed with Italian indigenous grapes. Another interesting wine is Donne Fittipaldi’s 2012 Malaroja, the only Malbec made in the area.