From mag. Had not yet tried this wine with this much age before and didn’t know what to expect but it was really quite nice. Develops kind of like a gamay or Pinot. Black cherry and raspberry still there but definitely leaner and more acid-driven and savory at this point. Dried flowers, stewed tomato, dried herbs, mushroom, maybe a little sweet tobacco and mesquite. Overall I think I would still drink this young for the exuberant lip smacking red fruit but this was interesting — 18 days ago
This is a beautiful wine made from the Frappato grape variety of Vittoria, Sicily (an island just off the "boot" of Italy). 😍 The region has a Meditteranean climate that is sunny, dry, and warm, supporting the ripening process, and is not far from the coast (breezes), situated at the foothills of the Iblei Mountains (elevation), offering opportunities to retain acidity and brightness of fruit character in the grapes. 🇮🇹 ☀️
Winemaker Arianna Occhipinti is known for her biodynamic and organic winemaking practices and for being an all-around amazing and bold leader in the wine industry, first releasing wines under her own label at the age of 22. 🙌
👁 This wine is medium ruby with pale garnet rim variation. 👃 On the nose, this wine offers notes of bright cherry, raspberry, strawberry, grape jam, lavender, violet, black licorice, bay leaf, leather, and nutmeg spiciness. Also delicate Brett notes. Perhaps the spiciness comes from the fact that this wine was aged in large slavonian oak barrels. It actually reminds me of a youthful Sangiovese and I just learned it may even be genetically related.
👄 On the palate it is dry. The fruit character is juicier on the nose and more tart on the palate with medium(+) acidity. The fruit character is concentrated and balanced with the nice acidity and overall structure. It has medium alcohol and medium tannins. It is medium bodied with a medium(+) finish.
I could see this wine being extremely versatile with food pairing - anything from poultry to pasta to a variety of cheeses. It's also delightful on its own. It offers a sense of place.
Occhipinti, Il Frappato, Terre Siciliane IGT, Vintage 2017, ABV 12.5%.
These wines are not made in copious quantities, if you find one, buy it and give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. — a month ago
Another outstanding vintage of this Sicilian blend. (Nero d’Avola and Frappato). Aromas and flavors of Black fruit, raspberries, dried cherries, asphalt and black licorice. Touch of herbs on the nose as well. Bright and well contrived. Hint of sweet cherries, herbs and smoke on the chewy finish. — 16 days ago
Easter weekend in Venice fl with andrea — a month ago
Fruit forward and medium to full, really expressive and delicious — a month ago
Not as good as the Occhipinti, but great value — 5 days ago
Millesimato 2015 — a month ago