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COS Nero di Lupo 2013
COS Nero di Lupo Sicilian red wine made from Nero d'Avola
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ABOUT: First, the name. COS is the first initial of the surnames of the 3 friends who started making wine together on the island of Sicily in the 1980s. Through much trial and error, beginning with used barrels, then new barrels, back to used barrels, now no barrels, they have become terracotta amphorae ambassadors due to the success of their wine called Pithos. Stuffs amazing. Biodynamic practices too, they are all about it, and the guys are architects and built an amazing inn on their property. My wife is already planning the trip.

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria is what they are known for, and is the DOCG wine of Sicily. It is a blend of two indigenous grape varieties, Nero dAvola and Frappato.

Nero dAvola - the most widely planted grape in Italy, and when grown well with care, can provide deep color, body, and higher levels of tannin and acid. Valued to say the least.

Frappato - This is a grape almost designed to fill in the gaps where Nero missed. It brings bushels of fruit and freshness to the blend of Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

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TASTE: Again, completely blown away COS wines. This is made from 100% Nero dAvola, and is brimming with cherry and raspberry fruit aromas and flavors, youthful freshness abound. Sometimes the sign of a good wine is one that keeps you coming back, and holds your attention because it changes with each visit. As the wine warmed a bit, black pepper and bright salinity bubble up, as well as some savory herb flavors like basil, thyme, and rosemary. This is a youthful wine, tons of energy, but is also complex beyond its years. Probably took jump start classes when in school. Tremendous quality and value.

PAIR: Risotto, baked beans, peas&corn, grilled vegetables, garlic, and BBQ Lays potato chips.

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