A Bottle of White, A Bottle of Red
2014 Arianna Occhipinti, Sicilia SP68 Bianco
I absolutely love this wine. I found myself initially thinking I was up in the Alto Adige with some lively Kerner in my glass. Outrageously floral. The white twin to the red Ruché aromatically. The wine tricks the palate – don’t be fooled by the ripe notes of peach and apricot, as the wine is dry. The wine could use a touch more acidity but on balance this is a beautiful warm weather white. I would not age the wine. DB.
2014 Arianna Occhipinti, Sicilia SP68 Nero d’Avola e Frappato
A little rustic at the beginning. Red fruits – cherry and wild strawberries. Then earth and some funk. But in a good way. This blend works well. Medium length in the mouth. The last sip reminded me of a very young Northern Rhone Syrah with the flash of violets on the palate. Finished long. DB.