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The Frappato Grape


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About Frappato

(Synonyms: Frappato di Vittoria, Frappato Nero, Frappatu, Nero Capitano, Surra.)

Background

Map showing Sicily.

Frappato is a red-wine grape originating in Sicily, more particularly in the province of Ragusa, which remains its home today. Frappato is often blended with Nero d’Avola, particularly in a famed blend called “Cerasuolo di Vittoria”, but it is increasingly bottled as a monovarietal.

Frappato’s calling card, so to speak, is its much-mentioned sense of “freshness”, and it brims with light-red fruit qualities on both the nose and the palate. In body, Frappato wines are light to medium—sometimes described as “delicate” or even “gossamer”; and they have some definite acidity, which doubtless contributes to that quality of freshness so often cited. The perfumed nose of Frappatos is said to be memorable.

(The Fringe Wine blog’s reviews of a couple of Frappatos he sampled might just make you want to run out and buy a case or two; it’s worth reading to see how much this variety can excite even an experienced critic.)

Factoid: Frappato is genetically related to quite a number of other Italian wine grapes, and is quite probably itself a crossing of Sangiovese and another yet-unidentified variety.

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Some Descriptions of Frappato Wines

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Some Frappatos to Try

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Valle dell’Acate “Il Frappato Vittoria”

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Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato
(This is their monovarietal bottling, not their Cerasuolo blend.)

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Centonze Frappato
(This is their monovarietal bottling, not their Cerasuolo blend.)

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Arianna Occhipinti “Tami” Frappato
(Don’t confuse this with her upscale “Il Frappato” bottling, listed below as our “splurge” Frappato suggestion.)

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Planeta Frappato
(This is their monovarietal bottling, not their Cerasuolo blend.)

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For a Splurge

Our nomination is the Arianna Occhipinti “Il Frappato”.

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