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2008 COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Varietal Region Type
Nero d'Avola Sicilia, Italy Spicy Medium-Bodied Red
Ripe fruit (cherries, black currants) dominates, while a fine line of crisp acidity keeps the wine taut and cleans up the finish. Hints of wild herbs, dusty minerals and fine cocoa powder are detectable in the finish.
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COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria

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Story
COS is the remarkable project of former schoolmates Giambattista Cilia (C), Giusto Occhipinti (O) and Pinuccia Strano (S), who started making wine together in 1980 from Sicilian vineyards they rented from their parents. The wines were originally made for the founders' own enjoyment but have ended up becoming some of the vast island's most respected. The wine appellation where COS farms is called Cerasuolo di Vittoria, meaning the "cherry-like wine of Vittoria," a coastal town in the southeast corner of Sicily near the ancient cities of Modica and Siracusa. Breezes off the Mediterranean moderate the hot climate, and calcareous and silica soils interwoven with veins of clay and tufa give the vines a stable, well-draining environment. Cerasuolo is based on dark Nero d'Avola, Sicily's most famous native grape, and Frappato, a lesser known variety that offers gorgeous high-toned aromatics and a light, supple structure. The blend of the two wines yields freshness and energy.
Sense
Sweet notes of strawberry and black cherry are backed with hints of orange, clove and camphor.
Savor
Ripe fruit (cherries, black currants) dominates, while a fine line of crisp acidity keeps the wine taut and cleans up the finish. Hints of wild herbs, dusty minerals and fine cocoa powder are detectable in the finish.
Serve
While the wine is light enough to pair with rich fish dishes, its fine acidity and light tannins call for more robust fare. Flavorful but leaner meats like pork leg, veal and poultry will stand up to this red's structure and bring out its softer side. Game like duck or rabbit will match the wine's earthy, brambly accent, as will root vegetables, mushrooms and legumes.
Serving Instructions
Decant 1 hour before serving. Serve a little cooler than room temperature: refrigerate the decanted wine for 10 minutes before serving.
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