2012 Occhipinti, SP68 IGT Rosso, Frappato/Nero d’ Avola, Terre Siciliane, Italy.
Arianna Occhipinti’s 2011 and 2012 reds all show more complexity and depth then her previous vintages and this years SP68 Rosso IGT Terre Siciliane is a dense full flavored wine, but still with all of Arianna’s classic character and charm, if you’ve not had her wines, it is time to check them out. The 2012 Occhipinti SP68 red is filled with exotic and classic layers, made from Frappato and Nero d’ Avola, showing sweet herbs, balsamic dipped strawberries, savory sea salt, loganberry, poached plum, zesty reduced orange rind, anise and morello cherry. This is my favorite SP68 to date and the purple opaque hue to beautiful in the glass, along with the silky tannins, this is a wine of detail and focus, but remains slightly rustic with an old soul charm I find seductive and charming, best from 2014-2018.
($28 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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