Each day from December 13th-23rd, I will share one wine that is sure to shine bright this holiday season. CHEERS!
We are finally here, three days until Christmas, and excited to share our countdown's final wine! 2019 has been magical for Monarch, full of special moments and bottles shared with our wonderful clients who are now friends; but one event was beyond expectation. Our tasting with Arianna Occhipinti was truly one of, if not THE, most memorable evenings of the year. Sharing our shop with winemakers I admire so dearly is difficult to put into words: being proud, humbled and honored are only a few descriptors that come to mind. This is a woman making wines that have changed Italian culture.
DAY 3: Occhipinti 'Il Frappato'
Arianna has been a rising star throughout the past decade, crafting wines that reveal the chalky minerality of Vittorian soils, the freshness of the sea sprayed air, and the uniqueness of native Sicilian varietals. She accepts the land and the grapes as they are, and treats them with respect. In the vineyard, the farming is biodynamic and there is zero irrigation despite the hot Sicilian sun. In the cellar, grape juice and wine are solely moved by gravity (not a pump in sight), only native yeasts are used, and none of her wines see new oak.
Occhipinti 'Il Frappato' 2017
This is the one- her flagship and most important wine. 100% Frappato from 2 different parcels at higher altitudes than those for the SP68 bottlings. Partial carbonic maceration in concrete tanks with a 30-day skin maceration. Aged 8 months in botti, with an additional 8 months in concrete, before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Ripe red and black fruits, pepper and crushed stones. An incredibly fresh and energetic palate with a lingering, structured finish. Thought provoking, yet immensely drinkable. Think ITALIAN CRU BEAUJOLAIS.
Occhipinit 'Il Frappato' 2017 $44.99 *special newsletter price $42.99
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