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  • A unique and expressive wine
  • Give it a decant to bring out its unique and suggestive complexity
  • 60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato

Tasting Notes

Colour Ruby-Red
Nose The nose is stunning with aromas violets and raspberry blossom.
Palate The palate is warm and supple, with floral notes. Raspberry and cherry fruit flavours are sweet and round and are complemented by soft tannins. There is nice freshness to this wine.
Food Pairing Beef.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Pithos Rosso is fermented in Giare which are terracotta amphorae – an ancient practice that still works wonderfully.
Variety Nero d'Avola
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Sicily
Country Italy
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Azienda Agricola COS
Founded by a trio of Italian vintners in 1980, COS is an acronym of each of the owners' family names: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano and symbolized the partnership they formed and the journey they were about to embark on. Starting with a tiny parcel of just over three hectares of vines, the team continued to grow their vineyard holdings to its current size of over 20 hectares, growing classic Sicilian grape varietals including Nero d'Avloa, Frappatto and Graciano.

Passionate about the local terroir, the team made the decision to adopt biodynamic viticulture processes and pushed the winemaking envelope by looking to the past; fermenting and ageing their wine in amphora; a clay vessel created by the ancient Greeks to transport wine. As Sicily's only DOCG, COS is located in Cerasuolo di Vittoria, at the Southern tip of the island around the town of Vittoria.
According to Greek legend, the god of wine Dionysus was the first to have planted a vineyard in Sicily; kick-starting the viticulture of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It's one of the biggest wine producing regions in Italy with Veneto and Emilio Romagna the only two Italian regions that produce more. In all, the island has an impressive 134,000 hectares under vine although this area is shrinking year by year. This region produces a wide range of wines, both table and dessert wines and the grapes most famously grown there are the Nero d’Avola and Catorrato varietals. Nerello Mascalese is used to make the Etna Rosso DOC wine from the volcanic Mt Etna and Frappato is a the main grape of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Sicily is blessed with the most favorable climate. The summers are hot and it hardly rains, and the winters are not that cold and frost is rare. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing wine grapes as the coastal winds drying out grapes overnight. Because of the warm and relatively dry climate, there are less risk of rot and mildew among the grapes, so chemical sprays are rarely used. The soil of Sicily is rocky and enriched with minerals that absorb the heat during the day and release it at night, which helps the grape vines maintain an even temperature while the air around it gets cooler.


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