October 14, 2019 - Can’t deny it’s a well made wine. It’s just not my style. Candied fruit and herbs.
September 18, 2018 - Chalking this one up as flawed. Astringent acidity and not much else going on here.
August 26, 2018 - Interesting rather than nice. Slight petillance, which didn't help. Frappato is a mid-weight, mid-coloured red from Sicily and this is a good example. Pronounced strawberry flavour, high acidity, medium body and alcohol. Tannins low to medium.
March 13, 2018 - Superlative QPR. This is ridiculously easy to like. Consumed over two nights, it was just as good on night #2.
February 10, 2018 - Give this some air and the strong dirt smell/taste will subside a bit and let the fruit shine through. Was expecting something more fruity but this has tons of earth and savory flavors mixed in. I was not enamored with this wine, would rather spend a few more bucks for a Langhe Nebbiolo, but this is a nice quality wine.
January 9, 2018 - 100% Frappato, 100% delicious. My second time with this (with a meal that is, I'd tasted it at VinItaly), and I'm just floored at how lovely this is showing. There's nothing simple about this wine - the nose is very soil driven, with a great deal of complexity within that descriptor: diesel, black earth, compost, twigs, wild berries, etc. And as vivid (and shifting, just wait 15 minutes) as the nose is, the palate is every bit the same a wild, beautiful ride, with its very energetic beam of fresh acidity married to perfectly ripe red fruits, spice, some wood, etc.. This is such a lovely partner to a wide range of foods; while eating dinner, I was already picturing buying a case, and what I'd be serving with each bottle, it's THAT versatile, and that exciting. A bit like Ruché (in the best of ways), in that the nose/aromas are really quite unique and assertive (for most folks). Red fruited, great sense of place, excellent balance and freshness, structure, class...makes a great case for Frappato DOCG. 13,0% abv., thru 2021. recommended+
December 7, 2017 - What a terrific find especially for the money. Light, nuanced, bright.
September 12, 2017 - Delightful! Bright, light, comes out swinging and doesn't stop. Actually somewhere between light and medium bodied, with notes of cherry, raspberries and sandlewood that are balanced with acids, florals and a long clean finish. Yummy.
Really strikes a nice mid point between the light fruity Frappatos that cost under $15, swill and drink stuff, and some of the more "serious" efforts like Occhipinti that costs $35+
August 8, 2017 - incredibly juicy and scrumptious. Man, do I like this.
May 19, 2017 - This is delicious. Served with a chill on a warm night. Bursting with fruit but loads of earthy Sicilian minerality. Back up the truck.