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Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Siccagno 2013

Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Siccagno 2013

Sku: 040051

On first opening the wine has a pungent, earthy nose reflecting it's natural credentials. Decant it or give it time to breathe as it's such a big wine. On the palate it has huge fruit with sweet tannins, good body and it's very smooth and beautifully balanced. This wine is very very good!

Nose a bit closed then opened up after 30 minutes and a bit of time to warm up from the cellar. Really fresh lively nose of sweet musty cherry. Mouth is tangy cherry. Pretty high acidity here like an earthy Loire Cabernet Franc but with high cherry like the more acidic versions of Bourgogne (Fourrier). Very long with cedar and thyme finish. Unoaked simplicity but with depth and purity. This is good now but really will be interesting to see it sit a few years to melt the rough edges. Fascinating wine.

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Arianna Occhipinti is from the Vittoria region of Southern Sicily. She has been making wine for ten years under the tutelage of her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti, who owns the well-known winery COS. She produces first rate wines from biodynamically grown local varieties such as Nero d’Avola and Frappato. In her mid-20s, Arianna already seems to know exactly what she wants to do with her life. She is the sort of driven young winemaker who is bound to be become an important figure in Sicilian wine.

Nero d’Avola is the primary red grape of Sicily, and while capable of making very fine wine, most examples tend to be a bit ordinary. Many expressions of the varietal tend to be over extracted and muscular. Occhipinti’s is soft at its core, refined and almost feminine — while still retaining some of the heartier elements expected from the grape. Dark ruby garnet in color. Nose of dark cherry, earth with some brett (eau de merde) and clove. On the palate, bright, tart and acidic with dark cherry, currant, rhubarb and a little twizzler. Pure fruit, chalky minerality with earth and vegetal notes.

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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: Sicilia
Grape Varietal: Nero d'Avola
Type: Still wine

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