The pithos wines from COS are beautiful expressions of amphora aging. This a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato coming from red clay soils with bands of limestone underneath. The grapes are then fermented and aged for 6 months in unlined clay amphora before being transferred to concrete tanks for 2-3 months.
The 2017 vintage of this wine is very lively, with great fruit notes on the nose: pomegranate, pomegranate juice, tart cherry, raspberry, a hint of orange blossom, and a slight savory mustiness. The palate introduces more savory and mineral profile, along with the same bright red fruits of the nose, with soft yet present tannins and great acidity. The amphora aging gives this wine a quite delicate and rounded mouthfeel, along with a hint of earthiness.
COS 'Pithos Rosso' IGT Sicilia 2017