Thursday, July 13, 2023

LeDomduVin: Azienda Agricola COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG 2017

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG 2017

For the past 2 decades, this Sicilian gem has been on my list of favorite everyday wines. 

I discovered it in the mid-2000s while working as a wine consultant and buyer for one of New York's most prominent wine & spirits retailers. It was love at first taste. And I never ceased to go back to it ever since. 

Cerasuolo di Vittoria is currently the only DOCG in Sicily, and the wines are worth discovering. 

Azienda Agricola "COS" is an acronym for the 3 friends who founded the winery back in 1980: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. 

This is a red wine from the region of Vittoria, south-eastern Sicily. Made from a blend of 40% Frappato and 60% Nero D’Avola, from 25 years old vines, grown organically on sandy red soil of limestone-siliceous nature perched at an altitude of 230 meters above sea level. After fermentation on the skins with indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged in large Slavonian oak barrels and bottled in their distinctive squat bottle. (*)

The resulting wine is always delightful, fresh, and easy to drink, and this 2017 is no exception to the rule. Last tested a few months ago (but forgot to post it), it was smooth, silky, and fresh. 

Despite growing under the scorching sun of Sicily, this wine is surprisingly low in alcohol (13%) and light to medium-bodied, with Frapato delivering vibrant acidity, freshness, juiciness, and intense aromatics, while Nero d'Avola bringing color, texture, structure, and depth. 

Not the most complex wine, yet greatly satisfying, friendly, delicious with Mediterranean food, and even on its own. 

Served slightly chilled, it will be perfect for this summer to drink in good company on a terrace facing the sea. 

And at less than 25 Euros (220 HKD), this wine is a steal. 😉😁👍🍷

Cheers! Santé! 


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