Estate: Legendary for their revival of clay amphorae, Azienda Agricola COS was established in 1980 by three friends with a mission to “recreate the work of their ancestors” and to interpret the unique terroir of Vittoria in southeastern Sicily. ‘Pithos’ [the Greek word for a large storage container] was born in 2000 when they became fascinated by ancient Greek cellaring methods and began working with clay amphorae [terracotta jars] the Greeks used thousands of years ago.
In the quest to express and protect the terroir of the land, they practice biodynamic viticulture along with ancient Greek cellar methods, such as fermenting and ageing in clay amphorae that are partially buried in the ground. The clay jars facilitate the ability of the wine to breath, and the aspects of the vineyard and varietal are more clearly appreciated, thereby allowing the wines to “represent their time and place”.
[The name COS is an acronym of the founders Giambattista [Titta] Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano. Cirino left the company to pursue a career in medicine.]
Philosophy: “If you listen to nature and respect it, the wine becomes a mirror of the land and of your soul. This will never happen if we do not accept the idea that wine must be an expression of the land, vineyard, and culture. Our wines are the history of a land and tell us.”
Winemaking: Red soil with “subalpine sands of Pliocene origin, of limestone – siliceous nature” 230 meters in elevation. Wild yeast spontaneous fermentation, aged in concrete for 9 months, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Morello cherry underscores baked cherry pie, peppery spice, tangy acidity. Ceylon tea tannins fuse with cranberry, roasted herbs on the iron mineral driven finish. Sleek and tart.
100% Nero d’Avola
Terre Siciliane Rosso IGP
Estate bottled by Azienda Agricola COS