Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato 2019 Sicilia

MXN $1375

Grape: 100% Frappato

Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT

Region: Sicily, Italy

You’ll taste/smell: Il Frappato is perhaps Arianna Occhipinti’s most emblematic wine, the one which, according to her words, most resembles her. A wine that expresses the freshest aspect of the Mediterranean – rebellious, brave and original. Don’t believe us? Stanley Tucci believes so

Complex wine that has the most emblematic wine critics raging about this wine: fresh and mineral, with a little aeration whiff of smoke intertwine with red cherry and blood orange notes; expressive with red fruit, a long and clean finish with a savory aftertaste.

Good to have it with: eggplant alla parmiggiana, pasta alla Norma, hard cheeses.

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Wine Details

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.

Alcohol Grade: 12.5%

Aging/ Vinification: fermentation with only indigenous yeast and skin maceration for 30 days. Aging of 14 months in large 25HL slavonian oak barrels, 1 month in bottle. Unfiltered.

Best to have it: 16-18ºC
Size: 750 ml

The Winery: Agricola Occhipinti

Arianna is the niece of Giusto Occhpinti, whose COS wines are undisputedly amongst the very best of Sicily. In 1998, Giusto invited her to help him out at Vinitaly for four days. Arianna was 16 at the time and knew nothing about wine; the experience was such a good one that she decided to study viticulture and oenology in university. This quickly proved counter-intuitive, since everything she had learned from her uncle (organic viticulture, hand-harvesting, native yeast fermentations) clashed with what she was being taught in school.

In her early 20s, she began making wines in her home area of Vittoria, Sicily. Frappato amazed her: a grape capable of making floral, elegant reds, so different from the big, ripe overpowering Nero d’Avolas that had so far defined Sicilian wine. She decided her style would be one of finesse and elegance and perfume over power. Her first vintage (2004) was released in 2006 when she was just 24. At the time she had just one hectare of vines.

Continually pushing things forward, Arianna built herself a new cellar in 2014, a huge step up from the cramped, chaotic space she used to work in. Besides the obvious advantage of having more space, it has permitted Arianna to start a new regiment of concrete fermentation and aging for both “SP68″‘s, which used to to be produced in stainless steel and fiberglass.

The grapes from which Occhipinti Il Frappato come are from 40 year-old plots with sandy soils of a calcareous nature, located at a height of 280 metres above sea level. The vineyards are cultivated according to the principles of organic agriculture and the bunches are harvested by hand. The must macerates for 30 days with the skins and ferments with its own yeasts. The wine is aged for 14 months in large barrels (or botti) of Slavonian oak, and remains one month in the bottle. It is not filtered.

Occhipinti Il Frappato is perhaps Arianna Occhipinti’s most emblematic wine, the one which, according to her words, most resembles her. A wine that expresses the freshest aspect of the Mediterranean – rebellious, brave and original.

Additional information

Wine Body

Medium-Body

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Winemaking style

Biodynamic, Natural, Organic

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