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"A very special, rich and complex Sicilian wine from the legendary COS estate - founded by three friends in the 1980's."
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Cerasuolo di Vittoria, COS 2017

Complex / Mature / Silky

Price

£ 26.50

Colour

Red

Product Name

Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Producer

Cos

Region

Sicily

Country

Italy

Vintage

2016

Type

Vegan, Natural, Still

Farming

Biodynamic

Grape

Frappato, Nero d’Avola

Volume

Bottle 75cl

Alcohol

Coming Soon

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Note from the importer: The south-eastern province of Ragusa, around the town of Vittoria, is home to the revived Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a red wine made from 60 percent Nero d’Avola and 40 percent Frappato. Little more than 20 years ago, the wine was in steep decline, one of the many southern victims of Italy’s controversial law prohibiting the addition of sugar to wine to increase alcohol content, still enforced today. “Cerasuolo was hardly produced, because buyers did not want the wine in and of itself, but only the must from over-mature nero d’Avola to add strength to their wines, the price of which was based on sugar content,” explains leading producer Giusto Occhipinti, who started the COS winery with two classmates back in the early 1980s. On a shoestring budget, the three friends vinified the grapes from their parents’ vineyards. They even bought Angelo Gaja’s used French barrels back in 1983 to age the wine. By the late 1980s, they started buying new barriques and felt the influence of California’s Napa Valley. Other winemakers in the area were impressed with the results and also began making Cerasuolo di Vittoria, using the two local varieties instead of selling the grape juice from overripe Nero d’Avola. “Then we took a huge step back,” Occhipinti recalls. “We tried some of our earliest bottlings, those matured in used barriques, and we were shocked at the difference. With its mineral notes and earthy sensations, the wine was so much more interesting than the later vintages matured in new oak with sensations of vanilla and toast. Just as everyone else in the mid-1990s invested in new French barriques, we began recycling ours. Since then the journey has taken them away from oak to cement and finally into amphora in order to obtain the most aromatic expression of the wines. He also notes that COS does not use selected yeasts and has never used chemicals in the vineyards. “Our goal isn’t to make wines that impress wine critics, but to make wine that expresses our great terroir. Here, Nero d’Avola is more elegant than in other regions, and has these great mineral notes from the soil. This is what gives the Cerasuolo di Vittoria its rich fruit, while the Frappato gives the wine its floral components and freshness,” Occhipinti says.

The Cerasuolo shows a brilliant ruby red colour and nuances of ruby red. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing
and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and plum followed by aromas of raspberry, blueberry,
carob, violet, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing
crispness, however balanced by alcohol, good body and intense flavours. The finish is persistent with flavours of black cherry,
plum and blackberry.

Taste

Complex / Mature / Silky

Colour

Red

Product Name

Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Producer

Cos

Region

Sicily

Country

Italy

Vintage

2016

Type

Vegan, Natural, Still

Farming

Biodynamic

Grape

Frappato, Nero d’Avola

Volume

Bottle 75cl

Alcohol

Coming Soon

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