Tami Frappato 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Superb red wine from Sicily that’s a outstanding value.

Producer/Winery: Arianna Occhipinti; Vittoria, Sicily.

Grape Variety: Frappato.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Sicily, Italy.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Tortellini, chicken and cherry tomatoes with pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese.


    We’ve reviewed this wine before (see Tami’ (Occhipinti) Frappato Terre Siciliane 2014 and Tami’ (Occhipinti) Grillo Terre Siciliane 2014), but only when we opened two bottles for a side-by-side tasting of other Arianna Occhipinti wines and we thought it deserved it’s own review because it’s such a GREAT value wine.

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just opaque, dark brownish garnet with a lighter rim. Aromas of barnyard and wet wood along with plenty of cherry and ripe raspberries. Tart, spicy mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Cherry dominates with secondary flavors of raspberries, blackberries and smoky mushrooms. Edgy acidity, leathery tannins and a long slightly frisky finish that’s filled with spice. WOW, WOW, this wine was fresh and lively and had FANTASTIC aromas and flavors. Great with the basal pesto sauce and equally good sipping without food after the dinner. In addition, when not drinking side-by-side with other wines the VERY aromatic aromas and fruit tastes really took center stage. Most noteworthy was the staying power of both the outstanding aromas. Superb red wine from Sicily that’s a outstanding value.

Frappato grapes growing in Arianna Occhipinti's vineyard
Photo from Arianna Occhipinti.
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Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.