2020 Valle dell’Acate Frappato, Vittoria DOC, Sicilia, Italy

2020 Valle dell’Acate Frappato, Vittoria DOC, Sicilia, Italy



A store favorite spring and summer red for those who know!  This is a lively and fresh, food friendly Frappato.  Indigenous and only grown in Sicilia, the redolent red cherry/berries aromas and flavors provide the background for evolving complexity and deliciousness.  So refreshing and versatile with a light chill.  Great with seafood, but we love it with pizza and red sauced pastas!

The Wine of the Summer Is Sicily’s Best-Kept Secret – WSJ by Lettie Teague (July 21st. 2021)

With a name like a lively dance step and a flavor profile so juicy and bright that it’s frequently described as falling somewhere between a red and a white, Frappato is one of my absolute favorite summertime wines. I only wish it were easier to find. Indeed, I’m tempted to keep this wine a secret strictly on the basis of scarcity. But it’s simply too good not to share. Native to Sicily, the Frappato grape is, as far as I can ascertain, still grown only on that island.  Frappato, a Sicilian red wine that drinks very much like a white, is the ideal partner for summertime drinking!”

Continued excerpt from “The Wine of the Summer Is Sicily’s Best-Kept Secret> “The 2020 Il Frappato from Valle Dell’Acate ($22) has much of the same bright, zingy, bitter cherry fruit as the 2020 COS but is a bit lighter in tone. I’m a fan of the Valle Dell’Acate Frappato, but it can be even harder to find than COS. The total production is a mere 6,000-6,500 cases of which roughly 3,500-4,000 cases are exported to the U.S.

Like its COS counterpart, the Valle Dell’Acate Frappato drinks as much like a white wine as it does like a red. As Gaetana Jacono, owner of Valle Dell’Acate put it, “Frappato is fresco and bursting.” Ms. Jacono is a passionate fan of Frappato, which, she noted, was the first wine her family—six generations of winemakers—produced. “It has no more secrets for us,” she wrote in an email.

Ms. Jacono echoed Mr. Occhipinti regarding the versatility of the grape, noting that it is regularly paired with fish, including salmon, tuna and the species Italians categorize as blue fish, including sardines, mackerel, anchovies and swordfish, cooked in various ways as well as in the form of sushi and sashimi.”

“A certified organic wine of which some 80,000 bottles were made, the Valle dell’Acate 2020 Sicilia Vittoria Il Frappato is both informal and elegant. The Frappato grape is a true star in the wide constellation of Sicilian grapes and should not be overlooked, especially if you love tonic, lean and silky wines that are generally Pinot Noir-adjacent. Valle dell’Acate makes one of the very best expressions, and this vintage is the standout. True to form, it shows wild berry, sour cherry and earth. There is some caper or green olive as well, and although the alcohol content registers a mild 13%, you feel the pinch of that Sicilian sunshine nonetheless.  Drink 2021-2024.” – 90 points, Wine Advocate, (ML) November 2021


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