2016 Arianna Occhipinti "Grotte Alte" Cerasuolo di Vittoria

SKU #1542475 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is perhaps the most classically beautiful of Arianna Occhipinti new releases and is probably the best wine I have yet tasted from this dynamic winemaker located in Vittoria. The intensity and purity of the 2016 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Grotte Alte are unmistakable. This wine pops with fresh cherry, raspberry, wild rose, balsam herb and a touch of iron ore or rusty nail. The blend of fruit is equal parts Nero d'Avola and Frappato (aged in large Slavonian oak casks for 32 months), and the results show impeccable balance and graceful composure. To the palate, the wine is slender and slimmed down, but there is enough texture and richness to power a long, silky finish. A mere 6,335 bottles exist. (ML) 94+ Inner quote mark (11/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Grotte Alte is darkly alluring yet also incredibly pretty, as crushed violets and sweet smoke are contrasted by hints of grilled citrus and blackberries. Its silky textures wash shades of black and purple-tinged fruits across a core of zesty acids, leaving minerals and a bitter twang of lemon peels. Round tannins coat the palate with youthful poise, as this tapers off long to hints of licorice and savory exotic spice. The Grotte Alte is lifted yet displays amazing concentration and an almost nervous energy. Give this equal-parts blend of Frappato and Nero d'Avola a few years of cellaring, and watch it shine. (EG) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

K&L Notes

50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappato aged for more than 30 months in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels from a vineyard 40+ years. The fermentation spends 30 days on the skins with idigenous yeasts.

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