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  • Arianna Occhipinti BB 2020

    £69.95

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    “The 2020 Frappato Vino di Contrada BB shows a slightly more saturated hue with dark fruit flavors of black cherry and fresh plum. I like the impeccable balance of the BB (from the Contrada Bombolieri with sandy soils and stones), which is more accessible and primary next to the Contrada PT and without the earthy overtones you get in the Contrada FL. Drink: 2023-2030. 94 points

    Arianna Occhipinti is experiencing a terrific moment in her young career with another set of spectacular and highly individual wines. These releases from 2020 (following her 2019 wines) are worth your attention.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti BB 2021

    £69.95

    “What a pleasure it was to watch the dynamic Sicilian winemaker Arianna Occhipinti in Stanley Tucci’s CNN special “Searching for Italy,” featuring the food culture of Italy. Based in Vittoria, her vineyards see the Iblei mountains at the front and the Mediterranean Sea at the back. They are located 250 meters in elevation and because this area was underwater during the Miocene epoch, the soils range from clay, calcareous, tufo, gold sand, red sand and light sand. “The soils change every meter and so do the wines made from those sites,” says Arianna. In 2016, she started her Vino di Contrada series that sees three expressions of Frappato from three sites (PT, BB and FL). We can soon expect a new white wine to hit the market. Arianna is farming Grillo at 500 meters above sea level in the Contrada Santa Margherita in the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi. All of her wines are certified organic and made according to biodynamic methods.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (11/21)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti FL 2021

    £69.95

    “What a pleasure it was to watch the dynamic Sicilian winemaker Arianna Occhipinti in Stanley Tucci’s CNN special “Searching for Italy,” featuring the food culture of Italy. Based in Vittoria, her vineyards see the Iblei mountains at the front and the Mediterranean Sea at the back. They are located 250 meters in elevation and because this area was underwater during the Miocene epoch, the soils range from clay, calcareous, tufo, gold sand, red sand and light sand. “The soils change every meter and so do the wines made from those sites,” says Arianna. In 2016, she started her Vino di Contrada series that sees three expressions of Frappato from three sites (PT, BB and FL). We can soon expect a new white wine to hit the market. Arianna is farming Grillo at 500 meters above sea level in the Contrada Santa Margherita in the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi. All of her wines are certified organic and made according to biodynamic methods.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (11/21)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato 2021

    £34.49

    “Showing lots of varietal character, the 2021 Il Frappato reveals dusty red stone, wild berry and a hint of sweet apricot. The wine is firm and tense, yet it also manages an absolutely weightless approach that makes it so easy and fun to drink. It embraces a contemporary style that would pair with the healthy foods we want to eat today, with lots of vegetables and white meats. Drink: 2023-2027. 93 points

    Arianna Occhipinti is experiencing a terrific moment in her young career with another set of spectacular and highly individual wines. These releases from 2020 (following her 2019 wines) are worth your attention.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti PT 2021

    £69.95

    “What a pleasure it was to watch the dynamic Sicilian winemaker Arianna Occhipinti in Stanley Tucci’s CNN special “Searching for Italy,” featuring the food culture of Italy. Based in Vittoria, her vineyards see the Iblei mountains at the front and the Mediterranean Sea at the back. They are located 250 meters in elevation and because this area was underwater during the Miocene epoch, the soils range from clay, calcareous, tufo, gold sand, red sand and light sand. “The soils change every meter and so do the wines made from those sites,” says Arianna. In 2016, she started her Vino di Contrada series that sees three expressions of Frappato from three sites (PT, BB and FL). We can soon expect a new white wine to hit the market. Arianna is farming Grillo at 500 meters above sea level in the Contrada Santa Margherita in the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi. All of her wines are certified organic and made according to biodynamic methods.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (11/21)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti Siccagno Nero d’Avola 2021

    £35.95

    “From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti SM 2022

    £59.95

    “From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2022

    £22.95

    “Pungent florals, ground ginger and grapefruit form a zesty bouquet as the 2022 Bianco SP68 opens in the glass. It’s soft and round. Juicy acidity and tropical citrus tones enliven its tart orchard fruits. This finishes surprisingly long, leaving exotic inner florals and sour melon notes to fade slowly. What a treat. The SP68 Bianco is a blend of Albana and Zibibbo. Drinking window: 2023-2026. 90 points

    From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso 2022

    £22.95

    “The remarkably pretty 2022 Rosso SP68 is perfumed with a blend of violets, roses, white pepper and dried strawberries. This is built on purity, with sweet herbal tones accentuating citrus-tinged wild berry fruits, all energized by brisk acidity. The SP68 finishes with a gentle, cheek-puckering tension, leaving a lovely lavender hint to fade slowly. Drinking window: 2023-2026. 90 points

    From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Calabretta La Contrada dei Centenari 2019

    £63.75

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  • Calabretta Nonna Concetta Nerello Mascalese 2019

    £63.75

    “This is the top-shelf wine from Massimiliano Calabretta that clearly shows its seniority within the estate portfolio. Dedicated to grandma Concetta, the 2019 Nerello Mascalese Nonna Concetta is made with very old vines, some over 100 years old, some younger vines and some vines that are planted on their original rootstock. The wine carries a Terre Siciliane IGT appellation and a mere 1,000 bottles were released. Fruit is sourced from the higher part of the Feudo di Mezzo vineyard (at 680 meters in elevation). The wine is punchy and bright (with some minor volatility), flaunting its artisanal winemaking approach (with short fermentations and neutral oak) and fleshed-out texture. This 2019 vintage is recognized for its concentrated fruit. There is a pinch of cherry sourness on the close, but the wine offers beautifully naked and pure intensity. Drink: 2021-2029. 93+ points

    Massimiliano Calabretta has access to some excellent fruit from across different contrade. His vineyards start off at 550 meters in elevation at the lower part of Feudo di Mezzo and rise to 680 meters in the upper part. His Calderara Sottana and Taccione sites go up to 730 meters in elevation, and his Montedolce di Solicchiata vineyard is at 780 meters above sea level. Lastly, he farms Pinot Nero in a vineyard called Zocconero at 900 meters, and he says that the Nerello Mascalese that was once planted there only reached full maturity in one vintage out of four. He has recently acquired new land with ancient vines in Calderara Sottana and planted some new Nerello Mascalese vines in Taccione. His wine Sara draws its fruit from Feudo di Mezza, and that is the only single-vineyard wine he made in 2018. He skipped over the others because of the rainy conditions that year. He farms organically.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (257)

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  • Calabretta Piede Franco 2019

    £46.95

    Review to follow

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