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).

Tasting Notes

This wine is now identified with the Sicilia DOC appellation (promoted up from Terre Siciliane IGT). The Arianna Occhipinti 2018 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Siccagno is a light and brightly colored expression of the grape, with lots of primary fruit presented front and center. Like the others released in this portfolio, there is a hint of some leather and earth, but the underlining fruit is what stands out most. The wine opens elegantly in the glass, and when the jury’s back, Siccagno is remembered as a very graceful expression of this mighty Sicilian grape. It ages in Slavonian oak for 22 months. Production is 18,000 bottles, and I recommend a near-term drinking window. [93 Points, Monica Larner – November 2021,]