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The Wines of Sicilia

Wines of SiciliaFor the greater part of its history in wine, Sicilia distinguished itself primarily in the dessert wine category—with Marsala headlining its production. Contemporary efforts, however, have established that Sicilia is not merely closer material, but rather, an all-star performer endowed with the resources to lead-off, carry, and bring home an evening's repast.
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Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2013 750ml
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2013 750ml
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With a nose that bursts with red and blue berries, pencil lead, licorice, wildflowers, and sous de bois, this mono-varietal Frappato is pure pleasure to drink. A bright and cherry red in color, Il Frappato shows fistfuls of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries--all balanced by velvety tannins and transported in a creamy mouth-feel. Deriving from soils of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is rafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; this wine ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel. A soft, warm red with a medium body, this wine is perfect to serve with hors d'oeuvres, lighter foods and soft cheeses.
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2014 750ml
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2014 750ml
Price: $21.99
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Juicy strawberries and wild blueberries burst from the glass, accented by notes of crushed flowers, underbrush, licorice and wet river rocks. A bright cherry red in color, the palate of this ‘14 Frappato proffers fistfuls of succulent fruit--all balanced by velvety tannins and transported in a creamy mouth-feel. Deriving from soils locally known as “Milaro,” a combination of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is crafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; this wine ferments and then ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve its terroir. A soft, warm red with a medium body, this wine is perfect to serve with hors d'oeuvres, lighter foods and soft cheeses.
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2015 750ml
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2015 750ml
Price: $21.99

This charming warm-weather red marries its sweet red and brambly black fruits with savory minerals, peppery spices, underbrush, umami and rose petals. Sprightly yet silky, this ’15 Frappato dances across the palate, energized by bright acidity that lingers on the finish, refreshingly. Deriving from soils locally known as “Milaro,” a combination of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is crafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; this wine ferments and then ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve its terroir. A soft, lively red with a medium body, this wine is perfect to serve with hors d’oeuvres, lighter foods and soft cheeses.
Valle dell'Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2011 750ml
Valle dell'Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2011 750ml
Price: $24.99
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A blend of 70% Nero d'Avola and 30% Frappato, Valle dell'Acate's Cerasuolo is an amazing value in fine Sicilian wine--and it’s as delicious during warm weather as it is with fall’s chill. Dark red fruit forms the basis of this velvety wine's flavor profile, underlain by intense aromas of black licorice, exotic spices, and cracked pepper. Deriving from soils locally known as “Milaro,” a combination of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is crafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; this wine ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages in a combination of steel and oak before bottling. Zesty, robust, and aromatic, this Cerasuolo is the perfect accompaniment to BBQ, grilled meat and aged cheeses.
COS Frappato 2010 750ml
COS Frappato 2010 750ml
Price: $32.55

COS Nero di Lupo 2015 750ml
COS Nero di Lupo 2015 750ml
Price: $32.99

Nero d'Avola, indigenous to Sicilia, makes a deep purple, weighty and brooding wine that glints with dark cherry and wafts with minerals; in its Nero di Lupo, COS turns that grape into something that’s magical. Leather, underbrush, espresso and spices frame the juicy red and brambly black fruits of this ’15 Nero di Lupo. Balancing its lushness with chewy tannins and a serious core of minerality, this wine glides across the palate with feral grace. An ideal companion to grilled lamb or hearty stews, this organic Nero d’Avola ferments with natural yeasts and ages in cement; it’ll drink for the next five years, if not longer.
COS Rami 2014 750ml
COS Rami 2014 750ml
Price: $32.99

COS Pithos Bianco 2015 750ml
COS Pithos Bianco 2015 750ml
Price: $34.99

Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 750ml
Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 750ml
Price: $37.99
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Dark red and black fruits cavort with spice, licorice, earth, smoke and cigar wrapper in this stunning, velvety wine. Elegant and fresh yet structured and replete with chewy tannins, the ’10 Cerasuolo delle Fontane offers complexity, structure, a seductive mouth-feel, and breathtaking balance. A blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola, the Cerasuolo delle Fontane has the same constituents as COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria, but it’s a much richer, more intense, more age-worthy and finessed wine. While many Sicilian wines need food to balance their acidity and tannins, this one does not, making it a perfect party or dinner party wine.
COS Maldafrica 2013 750ml
COS Maldafrica 2013 750ml
Price: $37.99
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With a deep, inky red-purple hue, the full-bodied ’13 Maldafrica shows lots of black cherry, a dusting of sweet spice and silky tannins, while striking a balance between acidity and minerality that keeps the wine grounded in its Sicilian terroir. COS makes its Maldafrica from the oldest vines on the property. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the remainder Nero d'Avola, the grapes are harvested by hand in two separate runs in order to obtain optimal ripeness. Fermentation occurs with wild yeasts in concrete tanks; then it's placed in 300-liter old barrels for twelve months and is bottled without filtration, where it spends an additional six months in the bottle before release. COS makes fewer than 600 cases of Maldafrica a year.