Centonze Frappato 2014
Region: Vittoria, Sicily
The older I get, the fewer the existential crises. Hello 40s, keep the apathy coming. But last week, in the midst of advertising my good fortune in the blogosphere and asking folks to vote for Pig&Vine for a Wine Blog Award (two things I inherently hate - self promotion and asking for anything ever), I slipped into an existential state. Of course I’m incredibly flattered and honored to be among some very talented writers on the shortlist for a Best Writing Award, and of course I want to win…but what does it even mean to win?
A few days ago, Andy Borowitz reported for The New Yorker that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new slogan, borrowed from Sartre’s 1943 Being and Nothingness, hung above the Quicken Loans Arena entrance. “All human activities are doomed to failure” it read. My young friend Zach, with whom I watched and mostly distracted from watching Game 3 Wednesday evening, pointed out that I’ve been writing about existentialism quite a bit lately. So in attempt to avoid becoming a whiny bore (existential crises are inherently self absorbed acts of over thinking) I chose a particularly buoyant red wine to drown out the morose voices in my head.
The Centonze family established their winery in 1998 in the Trapani region of Sicily, farming 20 hectares of indigenous varieties, including frappato, grillo, Nero d'Avola and zibbibo. Giovanni Centonze runs the estate with his son Nicola and daughter Carla, applying modern trellising in teh vineyard with contemporary technology in the winery. The Centonze Frappato 2014 exhibits the grape's typical style with ripe strawberry fruit aromas and flavors, and soft, lush tannins. It goes down exceptionally easy. Actually, this was a repeat bottle as the first one went down so quickly I forgot to snap a photo. Vinified and aged four months in stainless steel tank, it then rests another four months in bottle before release. It's 100% pure, happy fruit eager to be everyone's friend, with or without accompaniments. Go forth, be free, good-humored and excellent.