You will search a long time to find a Nero dAvola (with Frappato) so elegant, yet structured. Natural handling of quality fruit by Arianna Occhipinti from a ridge of limestone in Vittoria, shows initial smells of savoury dark fruits with earth and leaf hints. Opening in the mouth to abundant black cherry and savoury come sweet spice mix. A long life ahead for this truely complex red! Aged, fresh, elegant. 13% alc. - Michael L
Based in Vittoria, Sicily, Arianna has been making wines since she was 16, alongside her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti (the 'O' of COS wines). She released her first commercially available wine under her own Occhipinti label at the age of 22.
Since then she has gone from strength to strength, focusing on the two Sicilian varieties, Nero d’Avola and Frappato – though she does make white wine too.
Arianna farms organically and biodynamically, rejecting the use of chemical sprays and fertilizers, as well as taking a minimal intervention approach in the winery. Long macerations, no additions, neutral fermentation vessels and very limited use of sulphur, allow Arianna to express the purity of Vittoria through her elegant Nero d’Avola and Frappato wines. They are simply wonderful expressions of both grape and terroir.
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