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Community Tasting Notes (58) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • Crunchy red fruit. Like Italian Bojo.

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  • Greatly enjoyed. Light and bright in color. Plum and some cherry fruit is playful but well-behaved and shares the spotlight with the outstanding acidity. Minerals and a touch of herbaceousness complete the very attractive package. Nice match with roasted root vegetables, but would go well with a very wide variety of food, much like an excellent chianti or Loire Cab Franc.

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  • Similar to the previous notes. Not as good as the '11 but still such delicate texture. Plums, cherry and violets. Lacking a touch of structure but as delicious as always.

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  • Has become quite reserved (perhaps delicate is a better word) with this degree of bottle age. The perfume offers more fleeting delicacy and diversity than the taste, which is comparatively subdued and straightforward. The fruit has faded. Based on this sample I'd say Frappato may hold, but it does not evolve all that much. Not a wine I normally let sit in storage for this long, and if this is representative then I prefer it younger.

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  • Drinking very prettily from the bottle, rather Burgundian in its tart cherry roundness, with a scorpian sting of Sicilian sauvagité in the tail. The second day also very good, though a touch more severe, some drying tannins on the finish. Occhipinti has described her own surprise at the longevity of this varietal, so perhaps these bottles are just now shutting down - hard to judge. In any event, a wonderful wine right niow.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/4/2013, (See more on 92 points

    (Arianna Occhipinti Sicilia Il Frappato) Very dark cherry red color; appealing, fresh, aromatic, dried rosehips, dried lavender nose; tasty, dried lavender, dried cherry, spicy, mineral palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (12.5% alcohol) 92+ points

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