Arianna Occhipinti is one of Sicily's stars, and we have the new release of the revered Il Frappato, which has become a favorite among our clientele. The wines here are very impressive, rivaling other greats Frank Cornelissen with a similar approach that leans toward pure and natural winemaking. Her philosophy is hands-off, 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, as Arianna puts it.
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 1,000 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 highly praised wine year after year, 2021 is another remarkable vintage from Arianna and one that can be enjoyed right out of the gates.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 93 points! "Showing lots of varietal character, the 2021 Il Frappato reveals dusty red stone, wild berry and a hint of sweet apricot. The wine is firm and tense, yet it also manages an absolutely weightless approach that makes it so easy and fun to drink. It embraces a contemporary style that would pair with the healthy foods we want to eat today, with lots of vegetables and white meats. Drink 2023-2027 (Jun 2023)."