COS Frappato is an organically produced red wine made by Azienda Agricola Cos in Sicily made with the native Frapatto variety.
“Giusto Occhipinti of COS is a benchmark producer in the Vittoria appellation of Sicily, and certainly one of the most important, influential, producers in all of Sicily if not Italy as a whole. The winery was founded in 1980 by three friends, Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. The initials of their last names form the winery’s name. The estate is well known for its production of Sicilian wines from Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG and for its traditional and ancient winemaking practices. Azienda Agricola COS wines are made from biodynamically grown fruit by natural winemaking techniques. The wines contain extremely low sulphites and most are fermented and aged in terracotta amphora dug into the earth. Wines not aged in amphora are aged in Slavonian oak or resin-lined concrete vats and bottled in traditional Sicilian squat bottles. The winery produces wine from the island’s only DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, made from a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato. It also produces varietal and blended wines from native Italian varieties including Zibibbo, Grecanico, and Inzolia and classic varieties including Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
COS Frappato comes from 15-year-old vines planted in sandy and red soil. Lying 250 metres above sea level, they are organically cultivated according to biodynamic principles. When the grape reaches optimum ripeness, it is harvested by hand. 2018 COS Frappato is light ruby coloured in the glass, the aroma has a pretty perfume of wildflowers, red berry blossoms and herbal spices. In the mouth, flavours of raspberry, orange peel and sweet spices emerge with subtle acidity and soft tannins. There is beautiful freshness and vibrancy in every sip. With fresh and aged cheeses, salamis or beef carpaccio.