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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: COS 2012 Frappato

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | Written by David Gwo | No Comments

RD8501-2The popularity of Sicilian wines has been on the rise in recent years and Azienda COS is one of the benchmark estates that is leading this movement, consistently producing quality wines. Before this relatively recent surge in quality wine production, Sicily was known for producing wines en masse, due in part, to regions like Marsala that pumped out its fortified wines for world consumption. Today, Sicily is producing the best wines they’ve ever offered to Italy and to the world. Sicilian producers are proud of their indigenous varietals–many faced extinction not too long ago–and estates like COS are doing their parts to present these wines to the international market. This effort keeps these unique varietals from being lost to the world and presents diversity to wine consumers who are all too familiar with mainstream varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.

The wine being featured today is the COS 2012 Frappato. If you enjoy California Pinot Noir or you’re looking for a deliciously juicy and fruit-driven red wine this is the way to go. Made from 100% Frappato, one of the indigenous varietals found in their Cerasuolo di Vittoria bottling (along with Nero d’Avola), this is a medium-bodied wine possessing a gorgeous dark ruby hue. The nose is reminiscent of cherries, raspberries, and floral components with the berry flavors following through on the palate. The tannins are fine and elegant, making this a perfectly approachable springtime red, especially priced at under $30.

COS is acronym representing the winemakers’ last names–Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, Cirino Strano; this trio became the youngest winemakers in Italy back in 1980. The house makes a variety of different bottlings–their flagship wine is the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG–using the principles of biodynamic viticulture to craft wines that truly represent place and terroir. The estate even begun utilizing an ancient Greek method of fermenting in clay amphora resulting in the creation of their Pithos bottling. It’s worthkeeping an eye on COS in specific and Sicilian wines in general as we roll out the new vintages from the region. These are value conscious, high quality bottlings that are perfect complements to summertime drinking.


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