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2009 Arianna Occhipinti, SP68, Sicily IGT


When I saw this bottle by Arianna Occhipinti on the shelves at MacArthurs I immediately grabbed it.  I had previously enjoyed her 2008 Il Frappato so I was quite curious to try this blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola.  In my brief experience with Frappato I have come to enjoy blends because the Frappato lends an aromatic nose and the Nero d’Avola provides good body.  I particularly like her confidence which is exhibited in this picture at Gnarly Vines in Brooklyn.

Arianna Occhipinti, Image by J. Gomez Pallares (flickr)

This wine is imported by Louis/Dressner Selections and available at MacArthurs for $23.  This week I quietly pulled the cork then poured a splash into my glass and Jenn’s.  One quick nose of the glass immediately grabbed our attention and we rapidly took a sip.  Jenn immediately remarked, “This is a good wine.”  She is correct, this is a very good wine at a very good price.  While you drink through the entire bottle you will continuously be delighted by both the nose and the mouth.

2009 Arianna Occhipinti, SP68, Sicily IGT
This wine is a blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola sourced from vineyards at 280 meters.  The vines are ten years old and harvested during the middle of October.  The wine is aged for six months in stainless steel.  There is a light to medium strength floral scented, Frappato nose of cherries, spices, and orange zest.  In the mouth the stoney red fruits are tart with grapey qualities and an underlying, darker profile of fruit.  The dried herbs mixed with stoney flavors.  This exuberant wine is drinking well. **** Now-2015.

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  1. November 15, 2011 at 8:00 am

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