A Note from Sergio
by Greeks, Goths, Gauls, Neapolitans, Byzantines, Arabs, Bourbons and
more, Sicilia is a much-contested property. In 1946, it became Regione
Autonoma Siciliana, the Autnomous Region of Sicilia, and so it
remains--both a part of unified Italy and separate from it. Based in
Sicilia, COS, a winery named for the first letters in the last names of
the three friends who own and operate it, has always been devoted to the
biodynamic cultivation and traditional crafting of indigenous
grapes--until recently, when it added the international grapes Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot for their amazing blend Maldafrica. It's a fine
estate, and one that's emblematic of the wild island it calls home.
very much embodies the best of Italy. It's an amicable cooperation
between different entities that embraces Italian tradition even as it
innovates. Today, I'm proud to debut a pair of COS wines, COS 2010 Rami
and 2011 Frappato. The estate has made these wines pretty much since its
inception in 1980. Both lovingly crafted from indigenous grapes, these
wines are amazing--pure, nuanced, vibrant and complex. The Frappato, a
light-bodied dry red, evokes the tiny little fragoline di bosco, the
tiny wild strawberries, that grow on the island. The Rami is layered,
like sunlight filtering through the leaves of a Moreton Bay Fig, these
giant gnarl-trunked trees that dot the island. Both are extraordinary
and perfect for warm weather.
Along with these two Sicilian
wines, I'm proud to present special pricing on a legendary wine--the
1999 Sassicaia. Fifteen years of maturity, a straight-line provenance, a
benchmark vintage, and the greatest of all the Super Tuscans: this wine
will floor you. Finally, I'm very pleased to present large-format
bottlings of Cupano Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino. You
can't find these wines anywhere else, and I know you'll fall in love
with them as I did. The magnums will help you share that love.
These are wines to celebrate today, tomorrow, and months from now. Salute!