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Go-To-Wine Tuesday

Posted on | April 30, 2013 | Written by Emma Criswell | No Comments

RD7973-2“This smells like a corn husk!” I exclaimed upon my first whiff of COS Frappato 2011. Unlike any frapatto I’ve ever tasted, nor like a typical Sicilian wine, I adored it.

My first experience with COS was New Year’s Eve three years ago when I had a bottle of Nero d’Avola 2008. It was equally interesting and not in a typical, hot Sicilian style. It’s extremely difficult to make a great Nero; when I find one, I usually make a note of the winery. COS practices biodynamic winemaking, began aging in amphorae in 2000 (just like another IWM favorite of mine, Gravner – maybe I just have a thing for amphora aged wines) and became the first winery to achieve DOCG status in Sicily in 2005.

Per my very vegetal first impression of this wine, you’d safely assume it’s not a fruit-driven vino. I got a lot of vegetation and soil on the nose, with notes of bark herbs like cinnamon and nutmeg as well as some strawberry leaf. On the palate, it was very smooth for a 2011, showing light tannins, more earthiness than I’d expected, and just a bit of orange zest. As the wine opened, a fruit character emerged in the form of under-ripe strawberries. Super delicious, this Frappato was great with Dijon marinated rib-eye steak and my new favorite side dish: sriracha sautéed sweet potatoes.

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