COS, Nero d'Avola / Frappato, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy 2017

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COS, Nero d'Avola / Frappato, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy 2017

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Giusto Occhipinti of Azienda Agricola COS is one of the benchmark producers and influential quality winemakers of Sicily.  The winery was founded in 1980 by three friends, Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. ( COS is an acronym of their partnership) The winery itself dates back to the 1880’s during a period in which there was huge demand for Sicilian wines. 

Phylloxera had already devastated many of the world’s top wine growing regions but it had not yet reached the island. Sicily has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 8th century BCE when the Greeks first planted grapes in the eastern part of the Island. It is only more recently though that true top quality wines and winemaking have arrived there. It was through the hard work and dedication of producers such as COS who showed the potential of Sicily’s terroir and drew attention to the island, especially its ability to produce complex, pure and fresh wines, despite its location at the very southern tip of Sicily.

For Giusto Occhipinti, “the vineyards and soils are like the life savings in the bank - to be protected. At COS this means working to support the health of the soils. They have never used chemicals in the fields and the climate of Vittoria is also generally warm and dry making it well-adapted to their adoption of only organic & biodynamic viticulture. 

The Cerasuolo is a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato from the area of Fontane in Vittoria.  This wine emanates dried cherry, slightly smoky with chocolate, wild herbs, and exotic spices. Soft round and medium bodied with a good dose of acidity.

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