COS, Pithos Rosso 2018Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Frappato, Nero d’Avola
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is one of the most critical names in Italy. COS was founded by three friends to make traditional wine with respect for the place the grapes are grown. During their first harvest in 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. The acronym of their three last names forms “COS.” They were early adopters to Biodynamic farming, starting a movement on the island, which are still golden standards. The friends are hard workers, using an old winery given to them by a family friend and opting to use terracotta vases for ageing, a completely neutral vessel. Sicily has just one DOCG—Cerasuolo di Vittoria; the friends were the first winery to bottle a DOCG wine in Sicily. COS is located in Vittoria, the farthest tip of southeastern Sicily. The area recalls that of Africa, with its climate and land of red, ochre, and yellow tones.
This is Frappato and Nero d’Avola coming from an estate vineyard in Vittoria from red soils. The wine is aged in amphora, a clay jar classically used for ancient Mediterranean wines. It is followed by 2-3 months in concrete and then another 3 months in bottle before release.