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The Latest Vintage of Occhipinti SP68


A wave of new Sicilian wines recently arrived at MacArthur Beverages and Arianna Occhipinti’s SP68 is one of the selections.  In the process of eight years the vineyards which Arianna sources fruit from have grown from one to twelve hectares.  There are 10 hectares located on the original estate in South-East Sicily.  She rents an additional two hectares of old vines which are located 500 meters away. The wines are certified organic.  This is the third vintage of this wine which I have tasted. I thought it much better than the 2010 vintage, particularly the nose.  I recommend you try this wine but make sure you drink the entire bottle in one evening.  My bottle was markedly less interesting on the second night.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Arianna Occhipinti, SP68, Sicily IGT – $23
Imported by Louis Dressner.  This wine is a blend of Frappato and Nero D’Avola sourced from 10-year-old vines.  The vines are located on soils of red sand with chalk subsoil at 280 meters.  The fruit was fermented with indigenous yeasts, skin maceration lasted 30 days, and the wine was aged for six months in stainless steel tanks.  There is a light+ nose of perfumed, sticky, sweet red berries.  In the mouth the wine brings almost medium-bodied black and red fruit supported by stone flavors.  The black and red fruit then takes on levity as an orange citrus notes develop in the aftertaste.  On the second night the wine was a simpler version of itself with noticeable fine, grapey tannins which coat the lips.  *** Now-2014.

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