Cerasuolo di Vittoria Cos Giusto Occhipinti 2020

Cerasuolo di Vittoria Cos
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Cerasuolo di Vittoria COS, biodynamic, juicy cherry, crisp, intense fruit. Cerasuolo di Vittoria Rosso was the first Sicilian wine to be given DOCG status (that is denominazione di origine controllata e garantita, quite a mouthful). At that time, there weren’t many DOCG, about 25, but nowadays there are over 70 and counting. Once again it makes a mockery of an appellation system.  I mean how many wines will end up being DOCG? As we all know, it is much better to know your producer than know your appellation. Anyway, that said, Cerasuolo is still pretty good and Cos is one of the best.  Now called Vittoria Rosso, the wine is black cherry, blackberry and plum followed by aromas of raspberry, blueberry, carob, violet, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth follows the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing crispness.  The wine is good young but also ages very well, becoming more leathery and savoury with age.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Cos
Country Italy
Region Sicily, Italy
Vintage 2020
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grapes Frappato, Nero d'Avola
Terroir Production zone and city: area of Bastonaca, Vittoria (RG) South-East Sicily | Vineyards facing: South-East | Soil type: medium consistency; formed of subalpine sands of Pliocene origin, of limestone-silicaceous nature, interwoven with compact strata of f
Alcohol 13%
Maturation Length of ageing: 18 to 24 months
Total Sulphur 67 mg/l
Ageing Potential Good young but also ages very well
Food Matching Charcuterie, Red Meat, Rich Sauces

COS was started by Giusto Occhipinti with two classmates back in the early 1980s.

On a shoestring budget, the three friends vinified the grapes from their parents' vineyards. After experimenting with toasty oak and big flavours from over-ripe Nero d'Avola, they quickly realised that it wasn't the direction they wanted to go in. They then took a step back and started favouring concrete and amphorae. Their winemaking too changed, from modernism to non-interventionist wine making. Now they are well established as one of Sicily's leading exponents of biodynamic production and make wines of freshness and aromatic expression. COS does not use selected yeasts and has never used chemicals in the vineyards.



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  1. Ylenia


    I came across this producer while studying about orange wines and amphorae methods and I was raving about trying one of their mouthwatering wines. We bought a bottle for Christmas 2 years ago and, well, it didn’t disappoint us 2 years ago nor this Christmas. It’s absolutely delicious, very smooth, with a final kick of tobacco and warmth. Full of plum jam and cherries, it’s very easy drinking, despite its 13% and full body. Definitely a go-to wine with beef on Christmas day or why not with sausage and mash! Highly recommended!

  2. Katy


    Beautifully balanced berries & tannins. Thoughtful, complex wine. Let it breathe for at least an hour to open up.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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