at her vineyard in Vittoria
Arianna Occhipinti is a young producer Sicilian calling itself “natural”, a girl with clear ideas who knew how to shine within a few years thanks to a production with a defining style certainly different from the vast majority of Sicilian wines, and this does not just because its wines fall into the ranks of the natural so-called , the wines are the opposite of what you can imagine thinking of Sicilian and southern wines in general , often marmellatosi, iperfruttati, slow and heavy.
Arianna produces its wines from grapes grown following the dictates of ‘ biodynamic agriculture , its wines fall, in fact, in the selection of wines Triple A , vinification occurs without the temperature control and with only native yeasts, everything ago is that the its wines are certainly more healthy as it does not contain residues of chemical poisons and moreover, each vintage but even every bottle is not identical to the other because the natural wine is anything but certified to a standard, it certainly can happen to be dealing with a volatile wire, but it is easy to postpone when you think you’re drinking something unconventional and inevitably unique.
The vines cultivated by Arianna Occhipinti are Frappato which produces purity of the wines, coupled with Nero d’Avola red instead born SP68, the Albanello and Muscat that together give life instead to white SP68. From the vineyards of Nero d’Avola was born Siccagno, unique interpretation , diametrically different from the usual undergone by the most famous Sicilian grape. Siccagno is a red wine of great elegance, freshness and extraordinary drinkability. Ruby red color concentrated but not impenetrable, expresses aromas of blackberries and other fruits blacks, vegetal notes and undergrowth. It needs a little time to indulge, he does it on the Mediterranean notes, balsamic hints of eucalyptus, refined, warm, wide mining, driven by a vital freshness and a fine tannin, the finish is in perfect balance, long finish. Aged for 18 months in barrels of oak.
Arianna gets her hands dirty .. In a most Delightful way !!!
- 93 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: August, 2016Arianna 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.
- 91 pts.Wine Enthusiast: August, 2016This 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.
- 90+ pts.Vinous: December, 2016Dark ruby-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of candied violet, red currant, aromatic herbs and orange peel. Finishes very long and floral, and richer and deeper than the SP68 Rosso, but with its same prickly palate sensation. I normally love this wine and find it is Occhipinti’s best wine, and in fact a second bottle was much deeper and richer, so my score is an average of the two single scores.
70% Frappato / 30% Nero’d Avola
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