Occhipinti sp68 Nero d’Avola e Frappato 2011
The new vintage of Occhipinti is here and it’s fantastic. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato that drinks more like Burgundy than anything coming from Italy’s famous southern island, this Sicilian wine is bright, fresh and juicy.
Occhipinti, of course, has been a key figure in the so-called ‘natural wine’ movement and has been a leading example for this movement for some time. I’m pretty convinced that doesn’t matter anymore as much as the fact that she has embraced a way of making wine in Sicily that is entirely distinct and focused on what she feels to be a more characterful expression of two indigenous grapes.
This wine, made from young vines of about 10 years, sees 30 days of maceration and is fermented and aged entirely in steel vats. Occhipinti uses little sulphur and farms organically.
This is wonderful, guzzlable wine that pairs with a huge variety of foods given its high acid and peppy cherry fruit. Pasta and pizza work perfectly, but so does pork and fowl and any number of creative dishes. A life-affirming gulp.
Very Good+ and Highly Recommended Value
$35 at BCLDB