The rise that the young Arianna Occhipinti, and her wines, have had in little more than 15 years of history, is a phenomenon that deserves to be studied, as it is a reality made, certainly, of success but also of a lot of commitment and effort. This young woman, newly graduated in oenology, soon began to cut her teeth, buying in 2004 , at just over 20 years, a piece of land in the area of Vittoria, in Sicily. After just over 15 years the hectares have become 22, distributed between the districts of Bombolieri, Bastonaca and Pettineo, along the Provincial Road 68, an important commercial route which from remote times connects Victoria to Northern Sicily.
Arianna’s background allows her to deal firsthand with all the stages of production, without neglecting the administrative and marketing aspects (which see her as the undisputed protagonist). Her productive philosophy, born from the visceral attachment to “her” lands, could certainly be defined as biological, if it were not that the definitions could be tightened. Certainly the vineyards are manually cultivated, without pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical or synthetic fertilizers, and its biodiversity is preserved, even with the grassing of the soil and the spring practice of green manure. Cellar operations are the direct consequence of those in the vineyard, with rich and healthy grapes that ferment spontaneously, with indigenous yeasts, and that become wine with a homeopathic addition of sulfur dioxide.
Among all the wines produced Frappato occupies, also according to Arianna herself, a place of honor as it is her first great wine in which the symbiotic process of identification between product and producer took place. A wine with humble origins that has all the potential to evolve, towards a refinement and an elegance which however does not deny its roots. Roots similar to those of Arianna, departed from a small Sicilian country to arrive in Milan, study and increase its cultural background, and then return to the places of her childhood, with a new awareness and maturity.
“Her” Frappato is born at an altitude of 280 meters about 10 kilometers from the sea, on sandy soils of calcareous nature, from plants of 40 years of age harvested by a melting pot that unites, in the name of the most sincere naturalness, Italian and European viticulture and enology students and friends sommelier, some of them even from USA. In the cellar, after spontaneous fermentation, and maceration for about a month on the skins, the wine ages for 14 months in large Slavonian oak barrels before being bottled without filtration or clarification.
The 2017 vintage gave rise to a wine with a slightly transparent ruby color, without any hint of roundness or materiality, with initial smells of red currant, tea rose, wild raspberry and green twig of cinchona, followed by slightly more austere tones of plum, Kentucky tobacco, vinyl and laurel, with conclusive echoes of leathers and tamarind. The mouthfeel is unexpectedly wrapping, although not faults of vivid acidity accompanied by light and very fine tannins, with a center of the palate in which develops a return of austere (and somewhat rustic) hints halfway between vinyl and tamarind alternating with more immediate notes of red fruit, up to a long ethereal and elegant closure.
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