We have a few cases left of this stunning 2019 release from one of the stars of Sicily, Arianna Occhipinti. The Il Frappato has been the go-to over the many years we have offered these wines. While others look to make Sicily the new Burgundy, Arianna only wants to exploit the true beauty of what these wines are, peasant wines that her ancestors enjoyed and made. These are purely Italian creations made with incredible respect to show the history of this land and the grapes she cultivates using thoughtful practices. Truly one of the masters of Sicily and consistently bring out the best her vineyards have to offer.
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It has been a few vintages since we have offered these wines from Arianna Occhipinti, one of Sicily's stars. The wines here are very impressive, rivaling other greats Frank Cornelissen. Her philosophy is a hands-off approach where she invokes the spirit of what the wines want to be rather than forcing her will upon them. She's one of the most talented young winemakers in Italy, and her wines are, without fail, some of the best in Sicily. The Il Frappato has never been anything short of remarkable and is a take on the elegance of rusticity and the ultimate balance between refinement and peasantry. Powerful yet delicate from 40+-year-old Frappato di Vittoria vines, a varietal commonly used in Sicily and a distant relative of Sangiovese, tended to entirely organically. This wine expresses the soils (red sand, chalk, and limestone) and the climate at 1000 feet elevation as true to form as anything we have ever tasted, and such expression is an integral part of the Occhipinti style. This is a perpetually praised wine, and 2019 should be one of the best vintages of all time for this flagship bottle. We have low pricing on some of the only bottles available in the USA, so don't miss them!