This bottle tells a story through taste.
I canâ€™t tell whether itâ€™s that Frappato is a new and unfamiliar varietal for me or whether itâ€™s that sense of the unaccustomed that 100% organic wine sometimes challenges your palate with.
What I know for certain is that after sipping and focusing on two bottles of this wine, it is both light and lush, both mineral and bright and with a pleasant balanced acidity. Iâ€™ve drunk the Nero Dâ€™Avola from this vineyard and the winemaker Arianna Occhipinti, has managed to harness the odd cool sea breezes of Southeastern Sicily, 100% biodynamic vineyards, volcanic soils into something special that carries across the wines under her label. The Nero Dâ€™Avola, also organic from the same vineyards undid your perceptions of this varietal as a heavy, brooding, nap-inducing red wine.
If you havenâ€™t heard of Ariannaâ€™s wine, you probably have drunk wines from her Uncle, Guisto Occhipiniti, the proprietor at the Cos vineyard, who taught her the trade and makes an incredible Nero Dâ€™Avola/Frapato blend, Cerasuola Di Vittoria. A classic Sicilian blend that is reinvented by the organic roots and interesting taste that comes from this volcanic region.
Check these bottles out. Theyâ€™ll challenge your preconceptions of Sicilian wine and will reward you for the effort.
Thought provoking good taste is a great thing.