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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
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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.
Graci Etna Rosso 2015 750ml
Graci Etna Rosso 2015 750ml
Price: $27.99

Big and powerful yet finessed, the ’15 Etna Rosso bursts from the glass with notes of cassis and blackberry fruits, tarry earth, savory herbs, crushed rocks, and pressed wildflowers. This is a seamless wine that complements its sturdy tannic spine with succulent brambly fruits and vibrant acidity--this wine feels silky yet substantial as it builds to a mineral-laden, lip-smacking finish. A cuvée of estate-grown organic Nerello Mascalese from vineyards located on the slopes of Mt. Etna, grapes ferment in concrete tanks with natural yeasts for about a month, and the wine ages in concrete tanks for 18 months followed by two months in bottle before release. Drink now or hold to enjoy over the medium term.
Graci Etna Bianco 2016 750ml
Graci Etna Bianco 2016 750ml
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A delicious wine that screams “Etna!” Graci’s 2016 entry-level white lays its succulent stone and citrus fruits on a bed of crushed rocks, pressed white flowers, olives and savory herbs. This fascinating wine matches its sweet citrus fruits with saline minerality in an energetic, harmonious body that offers exquisite balance into its long, resonant finish. Graci’s Etna Bianco offers superlative drinking at its modest price point both now and over the medium term. A blend of 70% Carricante and 30% Cataratto, the wine’s grapes grow organically in the estate’s six-acre Passopisciaro vineyard, located in a sandy volcanic region on the northeast slope of Mount Etna about 2,000 feet above sea level; after hand harvesting, the grapes vinify in cement with only natural yeasts, and then the wine ages, also in cement, on the lees for about six months before bottling. Around 1,300 cases produced each vintage.
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 Maldafrica 2013 750ml
COS Maldafrica 2013 750ml
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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.
COS Pithos 2014 750ml
COS Pithos 2014 750ml
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Elegant yet power-packed, this ’14 Pithos bursts with dark cherry, strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and baking spices. So vibrant that it virtually shimmers across the palate, this wine wraps your mouth in complex notes that balance its succulent fruit with savory minerals as it builds to a persistent, caressing finish. A blend of organically grown Nero d’Avola (60%) and Frappato (40%) deriving from limestone and clay soils, this wine vinifies with naturally occurring yeast in terracotta amphoras for seven months before bottling. Smoky yet fruit-laden, this is a terrific introduction to the COS experience.