Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti 2012 SP68 IGT Cerasuolo

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Arianna Occhipinti is young and vibrant 30-year-old Sicilian vintner that is currently creating a huge following on the Italian wine market abroad…. Her approach and philosophy to winemaking is, keep wine as natural as possible from the vine to the bottle, with limited intervention and manipulation during the winemaking process. ‘Natural Woman’, a book that Arianna wrote, is a tribute to her viticultural life and philosophy. She considers herself a farmer and is very in tune with nature and the terroir. This style gives Arianna the chance to create a wine that aims to be a true image of the terroir, which is the unique combination of soil, sun-exposure, climate and location. She is very disciplined, energetic and focused… With her determination and young energy, Arianna is well on her way to realizing her dream of being a top vintner.

Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti is quite a boutique operation one might say and is located in Vittoria on the South West quadrant of the volcanic Island of Sicily, Italy. With a total of 10 original hectares of vines, and her recent success, Arianna has felt the need to expand. Now, she rents an extra 2 hectares about 500 meters away from her original Frappato and Nero d’Avola vines.

On Today’s tasting table is the 2012 SP68 from Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti. She uses a blend of Frappato grapes (to give some fruit notes to her wine) and some Nero d’Avola (to give the wine it’s body). This is a very rustic wine that truly plays on Arianna’s natural winemaking philosophy. First off, it took the SP68 1/2 hour to start opening up in my glass… Remember that I mentioned that Sicily is volcanic? Well, that is the first aroma out of the glass. Smoky ash that needs time to open up, so time is what I suggest you give this wine (roughly 1/2 hour to an hour).

The SP 68 is a clear wine with no sediment and a beautiful light purple with ruby rim color. This wine has medium plus legs.. The SP68 has aromas of red berries on the nose but turn to dark, sour berries on the palate (the SP68 has a funny way of playing with your senses). Other notes in this wine were of dry tobacco, lava stone and ash, finely ground white pepper, red roses, sour cherries, and a slight hint of ground bay leaf and oak.

I found this wine to be somewhat complex and very earthy. The SP68 is a true show of how Arianna tries hard to portray the land and the fruit in her wines without overly masking them in oak. A true, easy-drinking, weekday wine with only 12.5 % alcohol. This wine would be best paired with smoked or charred meats with a tomato or wine based sauce. Find the SP68 online at wine-searcher.com… Cin Cin!

Categories: Reds

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