Sicilian wine is having a resurgence at the moment. All around the world the wines of Sicily are being celebrated for their uniqueness, elegance and pure fruit character. The region is well-regarded as being at the forefront of the natural wine movement with some of its producers being regarded as the leaders in the new wave winemaking world. One such producer is COS, a winery that has helped elevate Sicily's status as a winemaking region and put the area back on the map.
Their Rami blend is made from native Sicilian varietals, Inzolia and Grecanico. This is a wine that clearly demonstrates why everyone is so obsessed with Sicily at the moment. Elegant, mineral and fresh. An outstanding wine from a leading producer. Quantities are limited, don't miss out.
Made in Fontane, Bastonaca, Vittoria (RG), South-East of Sicily. from Grecanico 50%, Insolia 50%. Organic viticulture at 230 Meters a.s.l. Vines grown on red soil, medium consistency; formed of subalpine sands of Pliocene origin, of limestone - siliceous nature. Fermentation is spontaneous on the skins with indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged in concrete tanks and bottle.
Three friends founded Azienda Agricola COS, in 1980: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from.
In 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. They received an old family winery from Giambattista Cilia’s father Giuseppe Cilia and the nearby vineyard of bush trained vines, a total of 3.60.40 hectares in the famed town of Bastonaca. On October 5, 1980 they harvested their first vintage and made 1,470 bottles. COS began its adventure that would one day lead to the transformation of Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
The winery follows the principles of biodynamic faming in order to help the vines find and maintain a balance with nature in order to be able to express their true character and that of their terroir. For vinification, they decided to use terracotta vases that left no traces or aromas on the wine but were completely neutral vessels.
In 2000, Pithos was born, a Cerasuolo di Vittoria that ferments and ages in amphora. They finished working on a building in Fontane, which in 2003 became the headquarters of the winery. In 2005, they made the first wine that bore the Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) designation, the only one in Sicily. The harvest of 2007 saw the winery in a new location and was the beginning of use of only amphora. The winery got rid of the barrels that they had and use only 150 amphoras’, one of the largest of its kind.
Today COS is associated not only with the success of Cerasuolo di Vittoria but also with rigor and quality. It’s thanks to these three friends that the region of Cerasuolo di Vittoria was reborn and the area around Vittoria is thriving with its extraordinary wines.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Reminiscent of lemon ginger tea. Offers floral and citrusy perfume, lightly spiced too. Palate and bouquet match well. The texture is delightful, all skinsy and grippy, but curiously light too – strict is a good word, perhaps. Mouth-watering acidity plays well with the fine tannin pucker, and the wine rolls long on stone fruit and that ginger spice character. A fine wine. Unreal drinking.