- Red Still, Dry
- Italy, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
- Nero d’Avola, Frappato
- 2670 UAH, 3032 UAH
A bottle of Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico made in amphoras. A 60-40 blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato growing at 230 meters above sea level on red soils of limestone-siliceous nature. The average age of vines is 25 years. Yet there is a strange thing that apparently can be explained by the outdated state of the site. According to their site, the wine was aged in Slavonian barrels. Where do they come from if COS got rid of all barrels? Mystery, isn’t it? In any case, technical information is scarce.
Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by three friends: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. The name is just an acronym of their family names (in case you didn’t notice). The trio is known for the transformation of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wine from DOC to DOCG level (the only one on the island), as their 2005 release was the first to bear the new designation.
COS started its adventure with biodynamic farming and neutral terracotta vases. In 2007 (after moving to a new location), they decided to get rid of all their oak barrels in favour of 150 huge amphoras.
2023-01-24 - 9.00
Oh my god! Probably it’s the best Cerasuolo I have ever tasted. So far, at least. The most complex, multilayered and evolving wine of the evening. No wonder the following wines were in the shadow. The bouquet begins with fried sunflower seeds but quickly begins to sing with cherry confiture, tobacco, earth, spices, salami, and peonies. With every second, it reveals something new. My advice is to avoid decanting it. Let it tell the story. Almost perfectly balanced, sophisticated and delicious. Good fruit and pleasant metallic touch only make the experience better.
Wine #5 on Il Pirata Vol. 3.