Azienda Agricola COS, Cerasuolo Di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy 2017
60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is a benchmark producer in the Vittoria appellation of Sicily, and certainly one of the most important, influential, producers in all of Sicily if not Italy as a whole. The winery was founded in 1980 by three friends, Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. The initials of their last names form the winery’s name. It was 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 Italy.
Throughout the winery's entire range there is a focus on elegance and purity, especially the joyous, floral Frappato – Sicily’s answer to Cru Beaujolais – and the spicy, fruit-forward Nero di Lupo (Nero D’Avola).
Sourced from estate vineyards in Vittoria, Sicily. The soil is red soil of medium consistency; made up of subalpine sands composed of limestone and silica. Grapes are hand-harvested from vines averaging 25 years of age. The wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation in concrete tanks on the skins with indigenous yeast. It is then aged in Slavonian oak botti for eighteen months followed by one year in the bottle before release.