- 93 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: August, 2016Arianna Occhipinti has outdone herself with the 2014 Il Frappato. This is a wine of character and personality. It flaunts those slightly rustic edges with charm and confidence. The bouquet opens to ripe blueberry, raspberry and dried cassis. The quality of fruit shows good integrity and balance. You don’t notice any of the raw or unclean smells you sometimes get with wines made in such a natural and non-interventionist approach. The nose is pristine. In the mouth, Il Frappato delivers vibrant acidity and snappy fruit flavors. More than any other wine, this vintage and this producer can claim to have produced something close to a Pinot Nero with an all-Sicilian soul.
- 91 pts.Wine Enthusiast: August, 2016This earthy red opens with funky but appealing aromas of tilled soil, crushed black olive and ripe berry. The juicy, medium-bodied palate provides crunchy tart red cherry, succulent raspberry, ground pepper, energizing mineral and a gamey note. Ripe tannins and bright acidity provide the framework.
- 90+ pts.Vinous: December, 2016Dark ruby-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of candied violet, red currant, aromatic herbs and orange peel. Finishes very long and floral, and richer and deeper than the SP68 Rosso, but with its same prickly palate sensation. I normally love this wine and find it is Occhipinti’s best wine, and in fact a second bottle was much deeper and richer, so my score is an average of the two single scores.
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