Imagine an Italian wine being incredible aromatic – cool tempered like a red Burgundy, carrying 12,5% alcohol –shaping sophisticated notes like roses, nutmeg, liquorice and lavender. It carries on with a sleek texture, refreshing and firm acidity – crushing the aromatic package into a breed like no other Italian wine I have ever tasted. A wine that grows on you – new shapes & angels, keeping you constant alert. You drink the whole bottle in one go – because you can’t resist.
I wish such a wine excited….and it does. I have tasted it three times now. I just wish I had found out before. I have even seen the label many times before and also seen friends around social medias posting empty bottles of this wine. Yet I never bought it. I had lost faith in Italy. Hugely disappointed with their Barrique obsession, blending international grapes, masking their terroir and selling out on a wines ability to tell a story and drink well.
However – it's my own fault. I got lazy. I forgot that Italy is so diverse and much more than those wines appealing to the “rating agencies”.
This wine is the biggest Italian eye-opener I have had in 10 years. A truly emotional wine to me, which against all odds are made in the burning hot Sicily.
There is hope for Italy after all. BRAVO!!!!
2010 Arianna Ochhipinti “Il Frappato”
Blend: 100% Frappato di Vittoria
Terroir: Red Sand from Sub-Apennines chalk
Age of wines: 55 years
Altitude: 270m above sea level
Aging. 14 month on 25hl large Slovenia oak
Agricultures: Organic without chemical intervention
Location: Sicily – Vittoria (southwest – province of Ragusa)
Glass: Zalto Burgundy – for the aromatic threat. Zalto Universal - for an even more cool tempered expression with an overly sophisticated spice window. Compared - I preferred the Burgundy glass.