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Sicilian Gems from COS, Antinori’s Glorious Aglianico, and Sparkling Wine Flash Sale!
December 26, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Some people still consider Sicilia to be the Wild West of Italian winemaking. There's no question that this windy, rocky, sunny island stands apart from Italy in its winemaking tradition, history, and grape varietals, yet Sicilia is increasingly a source of sophisticated wines. While Sicilia has been making wine for 4,000 years, it has only recently gotten the respect it deserves. Old vineyards are being restored, new ones have been planted, and Old World grapes like Nero d'Avola, Frappato, and Inzolia have garnered a New World following. It's not surprising that some of Italy's best, unknown wines come from the hot, volcanic soils of Sicilia--it's a secret that Sicilians have kept for millennia.

Today, I'm proud to celebrate this windswept island with some of my favorite go-to Sicilian wines. Sicilia's COS, a winery named for the first letters in the last names of the three friends who founded it, has always been devoted to the biodynamic cultivation and traditional crafting of indigenous grapes. COS wines are pure, nuanced, vibrant and complex, and I'm delighted to offer nine bottles from this group of friends. Two whites and seven reds, this group of wines gives a panoramic view of Sicilia's indigenous grapes and the meticulous, impassioned winemaking of COS. Best of all, they're affordable, so there's no reason not to enjoy them now, later, at parties, or curled up in front of your Tuesday night pizza.

Along with these nine Sicilian wines, I'm very happy to offer a singular Puglian red, Tormaresca 2011 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte. This wine is Antinori's take on Aglianico, the grape called the "Nebbiolo of the South," and it is everything you'd expect--gracious yet sophisticated, mysterious yet genial, and traditional yet thoroughly delicious. Finally, we're sitting in that sweet spot between Christmas and New Year's, which means it's definitely time for sparkling wine. I've put it all on sale--Champagne, Prosecco, Spumante and more. It's IWM's sparkling wine flash sale, and you should definitely not miss it.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Nine Sunny Gems from Sicilian COS
2. Only At IWM:
"Nebbiolo of the South"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: All In-Stock Sparklers On Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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COS Nero di Lupo 2015 750ml
COS Nero di Lupo 2015 750ml
Price: $29.99

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. more info
Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 750ml
Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 750ml
Price: $37.99

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. more info
COS Contrada 2009 750ml
COS Contrada 2009 750ml
Price: $89.99

Rich yet vibrant, powerful yet finessed, and full-bodied yet light on its feet, this ’09 Contrada frames its brambly dark red and blue fruits with warm saddle leather, potpourri, smoky minerals, and a kiss of game. This is a dashing big red that effortlessly glides across the palate with a silky feel, building momentum to a resounding, mineral-laden finish. A mono-varietal Nero d’Avola, this wine derives from calcareous and clay vineyards in the Batoneca commune in Vittoria, Sicily; it ferments in cement and ages for two years in botti, six months in cement and a year in bottle before release. more info