Grilling with Frappato and Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Pairing summer food with unexpected Sicilian wines




Frappato


2009 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato $35
Root beer on the nose with a complex nose of candied astringent red fruits, a bit of greenish watermelon rind, medicinal herbs, earth and a hint of lemon. Bright and balsamic on entry with refreshing acidity accenting the core of strawberry fruit. The fruit here is soft and gentle, astringent with the tannins helping to tense things up towards the back half. The finish is moderately long with nice raspberry fruit and a nice underlying firmness. The fruit remains very fresh and really has excellent persistence gaining mineral and earth tones with air. This quickly grows on me. 91pts

2008 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato
$35
Fresh on the nose with intense floral notes and fine herb stem aromas framing gorgeously pure red fruits that retain watermelon-y freshness. Round in the mouth with some austere tannins up front. Rich, if not powerful, though packed with lively fresh red fruits. This offers the perfect blend of fresh berry fruit and cool forest floor in a super zesty package that finishes with a long strawberry fruit note, Ideal for summer sipping. 91pts

2009 Terre di Giurfo Frappato $16
Intense on the nose with spice, floral, medicinal herbs, tar, talc and iron tones. Rich yet bright in the mouth with intense acids and fine-grained tannins keeping this firm and focused in the mouth. The fruit is well-framed on the mid-palate by savory tannins and picks up gentle suggestions of vanilla, rose petal and mineral on the taut, fresh back end. The mineral tone grows on the modest finish. This is very attractive and will most likely improve in the bottle. 89pts

2010 Terre di Giurfo Belsito Frappato $12
Pretty on the nose with fresh herbs and ripe red fruits. In the mouth this is round with soft edges up front, followed by a much tenser, more mineral-tinged mid-palate with acid heightened notes of red currant fruit. This flavor profile is a bit light but this has a very nice texture with good length. 88pts

2010 Valle dell’Acate Frappato
$20
A bit reductive on the nose with floral notes and gentle fruit tones. Bright and juicy in the mouth with fine acids and just the barest tannins. Very floral-toned fruit with a light, transparent feel and a slight mineral edge to the refreshing finish. 86pts

2009 Cos Frappato $20
Intensely aromatic spicy wild fruit on the nose has a touch of orange and guava adding an exotic edge. Rather broad in the mouth, a bit pillowy in that it is mouth filling if a bit hollow, with tannins that have a bitter edge. The tannins dominate the finish and keep the strawberry/cherry fruit compressed on the palate. With air the finish gets a slightly dried fruit, jammy strawberry edge. 86pts

2009 Terre di Giurfo Belsito Frappato $12
Fresh on the nose with red fruits framed with gentle balsamic herb and spice notes. Soft and easy in the mouth with a nice blend of fruit and mineral tones, though the mid-palate here feels a bit diluted and the finish is short. 84pts

2010 Maggio Vini Rapadu Frapatto $NA
Animal and mineral on the nose with sweet, roasty notes topped by hints of red flowers and rosemary. In the mouth this is round, fleshy and a bit heavy with muddy fruit and extracted tannins. The short finish is dry, compressed and bitter.

Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Planeta
Cerasuolo 65% Nero d’Avola – 35% Frappato vinified in stainless steel-lined concrete with each varietal picked and vinified separately, blended wines are aged in 550-liter third and fourth passage tonneaux for 12 months. Introducing a Classico designation with the 2009 vintage, which has a bit more Nero d’Avola and benefits from a few extra days maceration (around 12).

2009 Cerasuolo Classico $NA
Floral and mineral with a touch of herbs, root vegetables and old wood adding complexity. Glassy transparency in the mouth with fine-grained, slightly astringent tannins adding tension. The black, lightly spicy fruit is streaked with mineral notes and maintains great focus from entry to finish. The tannins here are a touch dry and austere, which may be off-putting to some, but they work well with the overall balance of the wine. 91pts

2010 Cerasuolo
$20
Strawberry and strawberry leaf on the nose with a slightly creamy edge and subtle undertones of fur, mineral and a slightly green berry tone. Silky in the mouth with fine balance to the tight mid-palate with dark mineral and fruit notes. There’s a little smoke and anise adding complexity with front-loaded fruit that emerges with time. This needs some time to relax, though the finish is already quite long with sweet spice and herb notes. 89pts

2009 Cerasuolo
$20
A nice, fairly complex nose with notes of spice cake, soil, and smoke over a rather beefy, slightly roasted bed of fruit, decidedly not fruit-driven. Fresh and round in the mouth with a nice note of strawberry tops highlighting the succulent acidity that drives this wine. A touch of forest floor creeps in on the mid-palate and adds to the green spice and strawberry styled finish that exhibits good length. 87pts

2004 Cerasuolo
$20
Herbal and lightly vegetal on the nose with a touch of sweet pipe tobacco and briar adding complexity to the core of jammy raspberry fruit. Lean on the palate with front-loaded black fruit that’s supported by tannins that remain firm. This is still alive but very lean, leaving tannins uncovered on the short, slightly hot, finish. 84pts


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  • Snooth User: MikeD67
    366341 5

    Crazy timing for this article. Last night while at our favorite eat-in pizzeria (Torre del Pino) my wife and I enjoyed a bottle of the Cos Cerasuolo (2005 I think?). Normally from Cos we have their Maldafrica whcih is a wicked Cab-Merlot+Nero D blend - but this was really good too.

    Our newest favorite Cerasuolo is from Gulfi down by Vittoria:
    http://www.gulfi.it/e_cerasuolo.html

    Being a Navy guy in Sicily definately has some advantages ;-)

    Jul 01, 2011 at 3:20 AM


  • Snooth User: Masaryk
    71775 16

    Big fan of the COS line up, but must give special props to the frappato from Tenuta del Nanfro....always consistent, always delicious.

    http://www.nanfro.org/

    Jul 02, 2011 at 5:26 PM


  • great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:06 AM


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