Occhipinti "SP68" Terre Siciliane Bianco 2016 is a white blend that is deep golden yellow in color and a bit cloudy. My first taste made me think of dried fruit, like a dried apple. There is a hint of dried lemon peel and pith as well. It has nice acidity that under the surface on this medium-full to full bodied wine.
This is one you may want to eat with. I drank part of it without food? And loved it but it is really something that will stand up to even richer foods. I'd love to try it with some rich cheese. I once had a gorgonzola gnocchi that would be perfect with this (for instance). I thought maybe there was a hint of oxidation. There was a hint of "cideriness" that you find in some wines labelled "natural." The wine is from biodynamically produced grapes, aged in concrete and is unfiltered.
This grapes here are Moscato di Alessandria (60 percent) and Albanello (40 percent). Moscato is an ancient varietal and this is one type of the grape. We often associate it with sweet wines but, like every other grape, can be made into dry or sweet wines. Moscato di Alessandria is part of the muscat family that has hundreds of different members. The most common ones are Muscat Ottonel, Muscat Blanc à Petits grains and the grape used here, Muscat of Alexandria. The family produces aromatic grapes and wines (other aromatic varietals include Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Albariño).
Albanello is another thing from the Moscato. It is the junior partner in this blend and is a rarity. There are likely less than 400 acres of it planted on earth. Most of these are in Sicily although there may be some on the mainland. There are different sources that say different things about this. To make it a little more confusing there is also another grape with a similar name, Albanella. This grape was (and perhaps is) made into a sweet wine in addition to a dry one. Most descriptions say as a varietal wine Albanello is a rich wine with floral qualities that are readily apparent if somewhat shy of what would normally be referred to as aromatic.
SP68 is made by Arianna Occhipinti, a young winemaker. Still in her 30s, she has been producing wines for well over a decade. You can find out more about here HERE.