COS

Vittoria RG, Italy (Sicily)
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"Rami"

Terre Siciliane IGP

50% Inzolia 50% Grillo

Ramì is a little lighter and more approachable for white wine drinkers first stepping out into the "orange wine" category. The skin contact is expressive, but the flavors are approachable and not too intense. A crisp wine with tangerine, orchard fruits, thyme, jasmine, ginger, and spice. A medium-bodied wine with delicate tannins and a dry minerality of wild yeast and salted almond followed by a balanced finish.

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Unlike the Pithos Bianco, this skin-contact white wine does not spend time in Amphora. This allows for more clarity in the fruit flavors, offering a more crisp style with bright acidity. With two local grapes, Inzolia and now Grillo, (previous vintages had Grecanico) the COS team craft another captivating wine from their organic estate in southeastern Sicily, below the Hyblaean mountain range.

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"Pithos Bianco"

Terre Siciliane IGP

Grecanico

Skin contact white wine can taste strange and unfamiliar. Commonly referred to as "orange wine," because of the color imparted by the skins, these wines can offer a new and exciting way to experience the wine rainbow. Exotic flavors abound with dried apricot, orange zest, herbal tea, cooking spice, banana bread, and dried grass. Noticeable tannins from the skins balance with restrained acidity for a dry, juicy finish.

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COS started making this Amphora aged, skin contact wine in 2008. Think of these amber wines as white grapes made like red wine. This natural wine producer, based in Sicily, was part of the first wave of modern producers experimenting in the late 90s with methods that shunned the commercial farming and production of the time. These curious techniques are recognized now around the world.

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"Zibibbo in Pithos"

Terre Siciliane IGP

Zibibbo (Muscat di Alexandria)

The Arabic word "Zibibbo "is the official Italian name for Moscato d'Alessandria. One of the world's oldest grape varieties, this wine is intensely aromatic with expressive floral elements like lavender, lemon balm, Meyer lemon, honey comb, and apricot. Very fruity but dry with a soft acidity that is round, full, and coating. This wine will confuse your taste buds with smells that allude to sweetness but with a taste that is dry and savory. A truly pleasurable experience.

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The stable of Amphora wines from COS has grown with this edition of the Zibibbo in Pithos. A compelling example of a dry Moscato with skin contact and aging in clay vessels. It stands out as something different. Like all COS wines, this is spontaneous wild yeast fermentation from their certified organic vineyards. It spends more than 30 days on the skins and 6 months in the Amphora Pithos. Only 500 cases produced.

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Frappato

Terre Siciliane IGP

Frappato

An exciting indigenous grape from Sicily, Frappato will have it's moment in the sun with the current demand for easy drinking, light bodied wines with captivating flavor. The tart red fruits of cherry and strawberry are vibrant and aromatic with low tannins and fresh acidity. Very easy to drink, this wine is for fans of Burgundy, Beaujolais, Willamette, and Garnacha. It navigates the warm temperatures of Sicily with aplomb.

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The sandy limestone soils of the Vittoria area in Sicily are ideal for making aromatic and lively wines. The COS winery farms over 12 hectares of this exciting grape. Certified organic with biodynamic principles, look no further for a premium example of Frappato. Like Grenache Garnacha, this grape retains acidity and freshness even in the hottest of vintages. Native yeast fermentation and concrete aging help maintain the natural character.

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"Nero di Lupo"

Terre Siciliane IGP

Nero d'Avolo

Nero d'Avola was the rising star of Sicily when high alcohol and power were the goal. COS, instead, focused on expressing the vibrant dark energy of this beautiful native grape. Nero d'Avola is naturally high in acidity, and this vibrant example reveals that with dark berry fruits, cassis, and plum layered with violets, smoked herbs, leather, and rhubarb. This wine shows crisp, crunchy tannins with a good sapidity that lingers.

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COS started, with just three young friends looking to source quality grapes and manage family vineyards. From day one they were looking to express the natural fruits of the earth. They produced fresh, low alcohol wines with native yeast and organic farming and now the trends have caught up to these pioneers. The name "Nero di Lupo" is a nod to the Contrada vineyard first sourced for this wine, Fossa di Lupo The Pit of the Wolf.

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"Pithos Rosso"

Vittoria DOC

60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato

In 2000 the COS winery embarked on a new adventure, aging wines in clay vessels buried underground, seeking to express the terroir of southeastern Sicily as transparently as possible. The amphora softens the red fruits and highlights the savory, sapidity and minerality of the wine. Tomato leaf, herbal notes, and earthy sensations combine with red plum and red berry fruits. Medium bodied, the acidity softens with oxygen for a smooth and elegant finish.

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This wine tells a story. The history of wine is almost as long as mankind and it has been fashioned in different ways across the globe for millennia. Before the use of oak barrels, clay vessels were used for storing and aging wine. This wine is a fascinating look into the minerality and character of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria region especially when compared to COS' classic DOCG wine made from the same vines.

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato

An iconic wine from one of the most influential producers in Sicily. The Cerasuolo Classico is characterized by bright, wild red fruits, energetic and complex with great structure. With time the wine relaxes to express smoked herbs, dried flowers, and leathery tobacco. A medium bodied wine with nuanced tannins that develop with age. This wine captures the life and essence of southeastern Sicily with freshness.

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COS was started by 3 friends fresh outta high school in 1980. With idealistic views on farming and a natural approach to winemaking, the goal was to express terroir and the true identity of their region. COS has helped shape the way we think about wine over the last 4 decades. Certified organic with biodynamic principles, this benchmark wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, received DOCG status in 2005, the first and only DOCG in Sicily.

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria Delle Fontane

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

60% Nero d"Avola 40% Frappato

A crowning achievement for COS; to take something great, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, and make it even better by choosing the best barrel from the best parcel. What stands out is the depth and concentration of fruit in this wine. Dense dark red fruits like raspberry and pomegranate balance savory notes of wild herbs, anise seed, leather, spice, and black olive. The palate is firm but generous with fine tannins that can age well for decades.

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The Contrada vineyard area of Fontane is one of the two key sites for the COS winery. This wine is given the vineyard designation on the bottle not just because it is sourced from this single vineyard, but because it represents the best fruit each year from this specific site. After one year, the best 4,000 liter Slavonian oak barrel is selected to age for an additional year and bottled as this special cuvee.

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"Maldafrica"

Terre Siciliane IGP

50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot

A Bordeaux style blend that expresses the unique character of the Vittoria region in southeastern Sicily. Nuanced and lively with elegant aromatics that leans toward the Merlot for black cherry, juicy red plum, and subtle notes of flowers, chocolate, and spice. The palate confirms the Cabernet with a granitic minerality, black currant, and grippy tannins that linger in a refreshing way with beautiful harmony.

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Just one barrel of this wine is produced from three hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Maldafrica alludes to the fact that this part of Sicily is further south than parts of Africa. The variegated influences on Sicily cannot be overstated. From ancient civilizations originating from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, this island has distilled many identities into one. Here is another melodious tune from a local artist.

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