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Arianna Occhipinti - Frappato 2017

Information

  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Sicily
  • Wine Maker: Arianna Occhipinti
  • Grape: Frappato
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Frappato
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93+ (2014) VS: 94 (2015) JR: 17 (2015) JS: 94 (2015) WE: 91 (2014) JG: 94 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Il Frappato stems from a dream which I had when I was a girl to make a wine that knows the land that I work, the air I breath, and my own thoughts. It is bitter, bloody and elegant. That is Vittoria and the Iblei Mountains. It is the wine that most resembles me, brave, original and rebellious. But not only. It has peasant origins, for this it loves its roots and the past that it brings in; but, at the same time, it is able to fight to improve itself. It knows refinement without forgetting itself.

Winery Information

Arianna Occhipinti

Occhipinti is located in the Vittoria region of southeastern coast of Sicily between the Mediterranean Sea and inland mountains. Owner, winemaker and viticulturist Arianna Occhipinti founded the estate in 2004, bottled her first commercial vintage in 2006 and today works exclusively with estate fruit. Her 25 hectares are certified-organic and practicing biodynamic and feature only native Sicilian varietals: 50% Frappato, 35% Nero d'Avola and 15% white varieties Albanello and Zibibbo (aka Muscat.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)93+ pts

Aug 2016 - Monica Larner - Arianna Occhipinti has outdone herself with the 2014 Il Frappato. This is a wine of character and personality. It flaunts those slightly rustic edges with charm and confidence. The bouquet opens to ripe blueberry, raspberry and dried cassis. The quality of fruit shows good integrity and balance. You don't notice any of the raw or unclean smells you sometimes get with wines made in such a natural and non-interventionist approach. The nose is pristine. In the mouth, Il Frappato delivers vibrant acidity and snappy fruit flavors. More than any other wine, this vintage and this producer can claim to have produced something close to a Pinot Nero with an all-Sicilian soul.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)94 pts

Sept 2017 - Bright red. Perfumed red cherry, minerals and fresh flowers on the captivating nose. Then rich and thick, with clean flavors of red berries and candied violet boasting noteworthy inner-mouth perfume. Finishes long and fresh, with a repeating note of violet and a hint of strawberry. This light-bodied, perfumed, lovely red is yet another in a long line of delicious Frappato wines from this producer; it’s a wine that offers a ton of flavor, bright acids and floral lift, but only 13% alcohol. Well done. -- Ian D'Agata

JancisRobinson.com (2015)17 pts

Apr 2016 - Bright crimson. Firm dry texture but somehow very fluid. Peppery, light smokiness. Energetic, fluid and full of pure dark-red fruit. (JH)

James Suckling (2015)94 pts

So perfumed with roses and dried strawberry character. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a linear, fresh finish. Always great. Best Il Frappato. Drink and enjoy. Made from biodynamically grown grapes.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)91 pts

This earthy red opens with funky but appealing aromas of tilled soil, crushed black olive and ripe berry. The juicy, medium-bodied palate provides crunchy tart red cherry, succulent raspberry, ground pepper, energizing mineral and a gamey note. Ripe tannins and bright acidity provide the framework.

Jamie Goode (2014)94 pts

This is from older vineyards of around 45 years age, a mixture of guyot pruning and albarello (bush vine). 30–35 days maceration and 14 months in 25 hectolitre slavonian oak barrels. Vibrant with fine spices on the nose. Lively and a bit peppery with lovely texture. Spicy, fine and expressive with detailed grippy structure. A beautiful wine with edges.

Vinification Notes

100% Frappato. From 2 different estate parcels with vines averaging about 40 years old. One parcel is older, bush-trained vines on a sandier version of the estate's red-clay-limestone soils; the other is younger, Guyot-trained on more limestone. The sites are at a higher altitude and harvested later than the Frappato that goes in the SP68 bottling. The vines are organically and biodynamically farmed and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed but the grapes left whole for crushing; fermentation is with native yeasts in concrete tank with a 30-day maceration. The wine is first aged for 8 months in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti and for another 8 months in concrete tank, before being bottled unfiltered