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Oakland, CA 94114


Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 


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Harvest Report 2015: Ciro Biondi, Sicily

Michele Boscia

Winter pretty cold and lots of snow also in the vineyards, February.

Spring nice and warm no problems with the flowering.

Summer hot but not extremely, few rains in August.

September strange with waves of extreme heat and rains 10 days ( 4th, 6st, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th).

October we started on the 7th and finished on the 9th with the white grapes and continued on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and on the 18th we finished the red ones. It rained on the 1st (172mm!!),  2nd, 9th, 10th, 15th. The production of red grapes was nearly 40% less due to less yield and also because some of the grapes were not ripe or affected by mold.

The white wines: OUTIS ( there will be around 6.000 bottles) and Chianta (around 4.000), at the moment are gorgeous!!!! We will probably bottle OUTIS at the end of January.

The red ones: San Nicolò, 12.5 alcohol, it taste already as San Nicolò, good, in malolactic fermentation. Cisterna Fuori, 13.0 alcohol, good but very small quantity, malo nearly finished. OUTIS, 12.5 alcohol, good, malo nearly finished (0,25 last Saturday). In general ph were very good 3.3/3.4, acidity (before malo for the red ones) around 7.4 and 7.7.

Overall this vintage is defined by a low yield and a lot of work in the vineyard due to a lot of rain during the final ripening in Sept and October. With careful selection of the grapes to avoid under ripe grapes and mold in the bunches, the wines look promising and will come in at moderate alcohol levels.

--Ciro Biondi, December 1, 2015