2010 Arianna Occhipinti, Il Frappato IGT Sicily.
Arianna’s flagship wine, the Il Frappato is everything you could ever want or expect in this 2010 vintage, it is more serious and blooding than the last two vintages and deeper, but with all the charms and vibrancy it is famous for. This looks to be a step up for Occhipinti, and a pure pleasure for her many fans around the world that have been eagerly waiting for this release. The nose shows mountain herbs, crushed mixed berries, floral tones and a touch of brine and briar, leading to a lush palate of lingonberry, cherries, plum sauce and wild strawberry while sweet herbs, truffle, tea spices, grenadine and balsamic notes make for an interesting mix of complexities. There is a slight firmness of tannins and nice acidity holding things together, though everything gets much more refined and smooth in the glass with air. Touches of mineral and boysenberry come through on the finish along with subtle earthy notes though the lasting impression is one of bright red fruits. The color seems a bit darker this year and the modest 12.5% alcohol is very welcome as it is a wine that is hard not to have a second or third glass of. Enjoy over the next 3 to 5 years, if you can save any, as I plan to drink mine up pretty quick. This is a fine and wonderful wine, again kudos to Arianna for meeting all expectations and exceeding them.
($40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($36.95)