From: Sicily, Italy
Farming Practice: Organic
Tasting Notes: Juicy blueberries, spring herbs, tobacco, complex
This "FL" Frappato comes from single-vineyard Fossa di Lupo which has sandy, limestone soil. The contrada faces the Hyblaean Mountains, giving it some good acidity to balance out the fresh fruit and silkiness that the sandy soil brings. Arianna's "FL" Frappato is a part of her "Vino di Contrada" project. She observed a couple of different parcels of her land that had unique terroir, so she created a lineup of 3 wines to express the terroir. Currently, in the lineup, there is the PT (Pettineo), the BB (Bomboleieri), and the FL (Fossa di Lupo).
When Arianna Occhipinti was 16, her uncle Giusto Occhipinti of COS Wines, invited her to come and stay and help out at his winery. This experience was the start of her winemaking career. She went to school soon after to study winemaking but quickly realized her uncle made wine in a way that school was not going to teach her. She learned what she needed from him and then began making her own wine. When making wine, Arianna respects all aspects of the land and winemaking process, even if it requires more time. She respects the wine as if it was a person creating wine that tastes like the place it was born while also telling stories about her as a winemaker.