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frappato (Sicilian red grape variety)

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frappato (Sicilian red grape variety)

moto | Feb 11, 2007 02:09 AM

wine lovers, can anyone provide detailed/obscure information about this grape? As far as I know, only grown in Sicily under that name, genetically similar to another Sicilian grape with Calabrian origins. The Oxford guide dismisses it as a minor variety, and the few times its origin other than its corner of Sicily is mentioned, the words 'obscure' and 'unknown' recur. How much viticulture went on in the region prior to the Greek settlers who get credit for quite a few of the grape varieties?

The other day I snagged a bottle of Cerrasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C. from the basement and tasted it with no knowledge of its components or even region, and was very pleasantly mystified. It had a perfume/floral component in the nose I associate with white wines; medium bodied, moderate alcohol(13.5), subtly cherryish and nuanced, moderate acidity. Went well with the mild red sauced linguine. Turned out to be a blend of mostly frappato and nero d'avola. Apparently frappato is also made into a 100% varietal. If others have had these wines and care to share their impressions, I'd welcome the comments. grazie!

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