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A New Discovery from Sicily

Occhipinti Il Frappato Sicilia 2008
Bruce Sanderson
Posted: May 25, 2011

A recent dinner at Il Buco in New York presented the opportunity to try an Italian wine new to me. It was the Il Frappato 2008 from Arianna Occhipinti, for $85 on the list. This red came recommended by the restaurant’s sommelier, Josh Eisenhauer, who was two for two on the wines I ordered that evening.

Frappato is a grape native to Sicily, and this was juicy and full of blackberry and raspberry flavors, with a slight hint of spice, and beautifully balanced. 89 points, non-blind. It was delicious with the grilled quail I ordered.

Arianna Occhipinti’s first vintage was in 2004. Her 25 acres of vineyards are in southeast Sicily, near Vittoria. They have been farmed organically since her start and biodynamically since 2010. She makes numerous wines, most of which carry the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) Sicilia designation. The Il Frappato is fermented with indigenous yeast and aged for 14 months in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks before bottling without filtration. members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated reds from Sicily.

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