Maurizio Ferraro is a bit of an odd man out in northern Italy. A disciple of the late and great Stefano Bellotti, and the only Italian member of S.A.I.N.S., Maurizio has committed his life to hyper organic farming and winemaking without the addition of sulfur. While even just a few vintages ago the wines presented themselves as pretty fucking rock and roll with wild VA, dollops of RS here and there, and oxidative notes, his recent releases show an extremely in tune winemaker really honing the craft, and producing wines of real elegance at extremely fair prices. I spent time with Maurizio in the spring and through my broken French (he speaks Italian and French), I learned how inspired he is by the scene in Catalunya, and especially the wines of Laureano Serres. I also learned that he doesn’t really like Cortese (a common Piemontese white grape) except in the hands of Bellotti, and that Grignolino is the grape dearest to his heart.
Freshly in are a brand new rosato, an elegant Grignolino—a kind of Italian Pineau d’Aunis—and Rukend, the last production of Ruché from the domaine; a kind of ethereal blueberry tonic.
Secondome Rosato 2021
Grignolino / Nebbiolo / Barbera
Solo G 2020