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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: COS 2009 Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Posted on | July 16, 2013 | Written by David Klay | No Comments

RD7972-2In the heat of the midsummer, the go-to wines tend to be your crisp refreshing whites or rosés brimming with fresh acidity. But what about those days when you really have a hankering for red? Yes, you could go for a Pinot Noir, or perhaps a Dolcetto or Refosco. But there are other options.

A red was exactly what I was looking for this past weekend. With Sunday supper, I served a bottle that is a bit off-the-beaten track, from farther south down the Boot: the 2009 Cerasuolo di Vittoria by Arzienda Agricola COS, a Nero d’Avola, Frappato blend from Vittoria on the Southernmost tip of Sicily. COS was founded in 1980 by Giambattista (Titta), Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino (Rino) Strano, three friends whose vineyard name comes from the acronym (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strano). Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a DOCG unique to the Province of Ragusa that has been producing wine since the third century, BC. It is also the only DOCG in Sicily.  COS vineyards uses certain techniques that are age-old, time-tested and true methods. Their wines present you with some of the best expressions of Sicily.

The 2009 Cerasuolo is just what you want in a summery red; it’s full of peppery notes provided by the Nero d’Avola, coupled with tart cherry and finishing with medium tannins and refreshing acidity. The nose is a surprise of earth, tobacco and spice that is a fabulous counterpart for the fruit and spice on the palate. This red is a beautiful expression of the heat of Southern Sicilian terroir and it’ll give you a solid understanding of the most ancient and traditional vinification practices. I love this wine for its elegance and simplicity and I certainly hope that you come to enjoy it too. At just under $40 a bottle, it is such a treat when what you are looking for is a fresh and vibrant summer red.

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