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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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Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Price: $23.99

More intense than your average rosé, Graci’s ’17 Etna Rosato puts its succulent blackberries and crisp red fruits front and center, framed by bracing saline minerals, fresh-cut herbs, blood orange and a touch of spice. This is a full-bodied rosato that balances its dry extract with its penetrating acidity and elegant minerality as it builds to a thrumming, savory finish. This wine is an ideal accompaniment to eggplant caponata, sharp cheeses, lamb pasta or spicy meatballs--it’s delicious! A mono-varietal Nerello Mascalese grown organically in a five-acre stony, sandy vineyard located on the slopes of a volcano, the grapes for this wine enjoy a soft press before fermenting in cement tanks; the wine ages for 18 months in cement tanks, followed by two months in bottle before release. more info
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 Rami 2015 750ml
COS Rami 2015 750ml
Price: $33.99

Tart orchard fruits, juicy stone fruits, and honeyed citrus mingle with toasted almonds, potpourri, crushed herbs, and a dusting of earth in the beguiling, unique ’15 Rami. This sensual wine feels weighty yet nimble, filling the mouth with a satisfying chewiness as it builds to a persistent, pulsating finish that’s fresh and mineral laden. A blend of 50% Insolia and 50% Grecanico that derives from fossil-rich vineyards, grapes ferment on the skins with natural yeasts in concrete, and the wine ages in cement tanks before resting in bottle prior to release. 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 Aestas Siciliae NV 375ml
COS Aestas Siciliae NV 375ml
Price: $54.99

This sweet non-vintage wine marries its weighty texture with lively acidity, and weds its honeyed fruits with saline minerals--it’s a dessert wine that will appeal even to sweet wine skeptics! Luscious tropical and stone fruits dance with caramel, crushed white flower petals, hazelnuts and sea spray in this unique Sicilian dessert wine. As mouth-filling and intense as the Aestas Siciliae is, the wine feels energetic, powered by intense acidity and a sturdy core of minerals. Deriving from late ripening Moscato grapes that are organically grown about 820 feet above sea level, this wine ferments on the skins with natural yeasts, and the wine ages in steel to preserve its unique terroir. more info