2014 SP68 Rosso, Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily, Italy

2014 SP68 Rosso, Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily, Italy

Product: 20141320390
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2014 SP68 Rosso, Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily, Italy

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A blend of 70 percent Frappato and 30 percent Nero d’Avola, this saucy number is made by the remarkable Arianna Occhipinti, one of the new generation rejuvenating Sicily’s wine scene. Organically grown and unfiltered, this is her entry-level red. The name is taken from a road, in Arianna’s words, “for a wine which is a journey”. Brooding dark fruit, muddled mulberries and cherries play on the nose.

A juicy acidity is balanced by savoury tannins that offer enough grip to handle something meaty. Easily quaffable alone, this long-lasting wine would also work well with lamb marinated in anchovy and garlic.

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Wine Advocate88/100
The 2014 SP 68 is an IGT blend of 70% Frappato and 30% Nero d'Avola that bares the hallmark signature of Sicily's dynamic Arianna Occhipinti. She follows a natural winemaking philosophy and although the wines are not technically perfect -- especially to a professional palate like mine -- they offer tons of personality and charm. I am a huge fan of Arianna's work, and her sheer determination to make the wine she wants in the distinct style she has envisioned is inspirational. The wine is slightly awkward with soda, dark cherry, moist chewing tobacco and a subtle touch of effervescence. Background tones of spice and leather give the wine enduring persistence.
Monica Larner - 29/01/2016 Read more

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Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily

Arianna Occhipinti, Sicily

Located in Sicily ’s south-eastern Val di Noto province, the landscape of which is dominated by the red loam-over-white limestone soils and dry stone walls of the Iblei Mountain plateau, and by such beautiful towns such as Siracusa, Vittoria and Modica – this is a world away from Etna, which looms on the horizon.

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).

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Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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