Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato/Nero d'Avola 2015
Item Number: 24519
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 24519
70% Frappato/30% Nero d'Avola. These native Sicilian varietals come from 4 different parcels at Arianna's home estate, with soils of red sand over limestone rock and vines ranging from 12-22 years in age. Two-week maceration with skins in concrete tank with gentle punchdowns. "SP68" is a road near Arianna's Vittoria estate which lends its name to her flagship white and red.
Lovely aromatics here: pure and bright with elegant, fine cherries and plums. Very pretty. Bright and floral with crunchy raspberry notes.
Occhipinti is located in Vittoria, in the southwestern corner of Sicily, and winemaker Arianna Occhipinti’s reputation seems to grow with every vintage. Her first vintage was 2004, though it wasn’t until 2005 that her wines were internationally distributed. Arianna has a total of 10 hectares of Nero d’Avola and Frappato vines that, since April of 2009, have been farmed using biodynamic methods, which she believes has added to the overall expression of the soil. The grapes, planted largely on chalky soils, are trained using albarello or guyot and are left to vigorously grow leaves so as to maintain freshness. Fermentation for Frappato takes place in stainless steel while the Nero d’Avola is fermented in large plastic tubs though her goal is to eventually ferment everything in cement. Maceration for the Nero d’Avola is 30-40 days and longer for the Frappato.
In addition to the monovarietal wines, Arianna makes a blend of Nero and Frappato called SP68. Named for the road going past her house, the wine is made like a Cerasuolo but is labelled as IGT Sicilia as Arianna does not always want to age the wine for the minimum 18 months in barrel required by the authorities.
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