Located in Sicily ’s south-eastern Val di Noto province, the Occhipinti family is synonymous with the Frappato grape that underpins Siciliy’s only DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Arianna kicked off in 2004, making wines in a family farmhouse, before transferring, in 2013, to a purpose-built winery, where her 22 hectares of Frappato and Nero d’Avola, along with one-and-a-half hectares of intense Albanello and Zibibbo white grapes, are vinified using cement and Stockinger barrels (Slavonian, German, Austrian oak).
The Arianna Occhipinti 2018 Il Frappato is a little tight and shy to start, but the wine slowly reveals the cassis and sour cherry aromas that come so naturally to Frappato. The wine is punchy and especially bright, with a silky and streamlined texture that makes it a good pairing partner to white meats or even a baked fish. Il Frappato delivers a level of varietal purity that is quite special (with 14 months of aging in Slavonian oak casks). Production is 35,000 bottles. [93 Points, Monica Larner – October 2019, robertparker.com]