Arianna Occhipinti

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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Tami Nero d'Avola 2017
Beautiful red-fruited aromas with ripe cherry, slightly tart pomegranate and an herbaceous note on the palate followed by a rich (yet not too aggressive) mouthfeel. Wrapping up with ripe, moderate tannins and a distinctly ‘Sicilain’ earthy characteristic.  TAMI is a joint effort between young gun
Item Number: 30999
Case: $179.40

Occhipinti Frappato IGT 2016
100% Frappato. From 2 different estate parcels with vines averaging about 40 years old. One parcel is older, bush-trained vines on a sandier version of the estate's red-clay-limestone soils; the other is younger, Guyot-trained on more limestone. The sites are at a higher altitude and harvested later
Item Number: 30364

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2017
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91  A highly aromatic, dry, medium- to full-bodied white, with ample bergamot, saffron, quince blossom and marjoram notes leading to poached peach and cherry pit flavors, accented by firm, lip-smacking acidity. Long and expressive on the finish. Zibibbo and Albana. Drink now through
Item Number: 29510

Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato/Nero d'Avola 2017
Tart, red berried fruit such as strawberry and cherry play around with fragrant fresh flowers. The smell of your lawn after it rains along with your herb garden come across the nose as well, adding to the complexity. Your palate is mirrored to the experience of your nose — fresh, lip-smacking, and
Item Number: 29509

Tami Nero d'Avola 2016
100% Nero d'Avola. Farmed organically, fermented naturally, macerated for one week and aged six months in stainless steel.  One of Sicily’s most respected natural wine winemakers, Arianna Occhipinti, who in just a few short years has received international praise with her biodynamic Nero d’Avola,

Occhipinti Frappato IGT 2015
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "Bright red. Perfumed red cherry, minerals and fresh flowers on the captivating nose. Then rich and thick, with clean flavors of red berries and candied violet boasting noteworthy inner-mouth perfume. Finishes long and fresh, with a repeating note of violet and a hint of strawberry.

Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato/Nero d'Avola 2016
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Dark ruby. Archetypal Frappato aromas that are pungently floral and bright, complicated by hints of dried herbs and spicy red berries. Then fresh, bright and lovely, with blackberry, raspberry and delicate herb flavors that are very complex and multilayered. Finishes long, mineral

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2016
60% Zibibbo/40% Albanello. The two varieties are native to Sicily--Zibibbo is more widely known as Muscat of Alexandria--and are grown on red sand soils over limestone rock, with vines averaging 15 years old on two different sites. The grapes are co-fermented and aged in concrete tanks. Bottled

Arianna Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Siccagno 2014
Wine and Spirits 93 "A sensation of crushed gravel gives Siccagno a beautiful, grippy texture that supports lively flavors of red plum laced with licorice and smoke. The wine rested 22 months in large Slavonian casks, which rounded out the flavors without imparting any new oak sweetness. The

Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato/Nero d'Avola 2015
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

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2015
A blend of Albanello- a variety native to the Ragusa area near Vittoria- and Zibibbo (a.k.a. Muscat of Alexandria) sourced from Marsala, in northwest Sicily. The wine is fermented dry; Zibibbo lends a floral, aromatic complexity, while Albanello adds structure.  Occhipinti is located in Vittoria,

Tami Nero d'Avola 2014
"100% Nero d'Avola. While Nero is generally considered to be deeper, darker and more rustic than its neighbor Frappato, this is a bright and lighter style."  Tami' is a joint project between Arianna Occhipinti, and a handful of friends and neighbors; the wine is named for a small shop in Siracusa