Azienda Agricola COS

Pithos Rosso Vittoria Nero d'Avola Frappato

9.234 ratings
9.08 pro ratings
Vittoria, Sicily, Italy
Nero d'Avola, Frappato
Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Beef, Tomato-Based, Lamb, Venison, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Pork
Top Notes For
Matt Perlman

Nero/Frappato blend made in amphora. Right away the translucent ruby red color and complex, exotic bouquet were extremely promising and this didn’t disappoint. Bursting with ripe cherry and raspberry, rose petals and savory spices in an earthy and herbal frame. Fresh and lifted and elegant, almost like a Mediterranean take on cru Beaujolais, or maybe Nebbiolo. Somehow it’s only 12% alcohol. There’s a dusty baked earth quality that could be from the amphorae (I have no idea what that actually imparts vs stainless steel) or just the warmth of the Sicilian sun. Either way this is absolutely beautiful and am going back to the store to buy several more to put away.

Nero/Frappato blend made in amphora. Right away the translucent ruby red color and complex, exotic bouquet were extremely promising and this didn’t disappoint. Bursting with ripe cherry and raspberry, rose petals and savory spices in an earthy and herbal frame. Fresh and lifted and elegant, almost like a Mediterranean take on cru Beaujolais, or maybe Nebbiolo. Somehow it’s only 12% alcohol. There’s a dusty baked earth quality that could be from the amphorae (I have no idea what that actually imparts vs stainless steel) or just the warmth of the Sicilian sun. Either way this is absolutely beautiful and am going back to the store to buy several more to put away.

Dec 26th, 2019
Meg Herring

Funky and lively. I think I like this one more than the non-amphora version but I love both.

Funky and lively. I think I like this one more than the non-amphora version but I love both.

Dec 10th, 2018
Joe Carroll

Owner/Wine Director Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau, St. Anselm & Gotham Artisanal Provisions

8.9

Bretty but not too bad

Bretty but not too bad

Apr 5th, 2018
Kyle Groombridge

This is just an annoyingly good wine. This has so much going on and yet it is so gulpable. This wine is fermented on its skins with the native yeast in ancient amphorae, giving a beautiful dank, earthy, musky dried floral aromatic. Sour wild cherries, slight brown sugar, a touch of red licorice, and stunning high toned cranberry-like acidity. Nothing is lost here. It has earth and fruit mixing beautifully. This wine truly is the epitome of my favorite descriptor of wine: funky fresh. I think I’m in love with this Cos lineup.

This is just an annoyingly good wine. This has so much going on and yet it is so gulpable. This wine is fermented on its skins with the native yeast in ancient amphorae, giving a beautiful dank, earthy, musky dried floral aromatic. Sour wild cherries, slight brown sugar, a touch of red licorice, and stunning high toned cranberry-like acidity. Nothing is lost here. It has earth and fruit mixing beautifully. This wine truly is the epitome of my favorite descriptor of wine: funky fresh. I think I’m in love with this Cos lineup.

1 person found it helpfulJul 18th, 2018
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.9

Demand is high for these wines, prices are ratcheting in some markets, and grape sources may be expanding (this used to be a DOCG Cerasuolo). The amphorae aging brings interesting tertiary flavors and strips some vitality in the process, and when the grapes aren’t sufficiently concentrated, maybe too much is stripped.

Demand is high for these wines, prices are ratcheting in some markets, and grape sources may be expanding (this used to be a DOCG Cerasuolo). The amphorae aging brings interesting tertiary flavors and strips some vitality in the process, and when the grapes aren’t sufficiently concentrated, maybe too much is stripped.

1 person found it helpfulJan 17th, 2018
Matt Siegle

Structured acidity, but balanced; long in the mouth yet tart! Roses/flowers on the nose.

Structured acidity, but balanced; long in the mouth yet tart! Roses/flowers on the nose.

1 person found it helpfulJan 5th, 2017
Ray Vanderhoff

Funky and full of brett. Aged in ancient amphora. Dank and brooding with musty overtones. Aromas of dried flowers and mushrooms. Sour cherry and cranberry flavors. Earthy, organic and really terrific.

Funky and full of brett. Aged in ancient amphora. Dank and brooding with musty overtones. Aromas of dried flowers and mushrooms. Sour cherry and cranberry flavors. Earthy, organic and really terrific.

Oct 19th, 2019
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9.1

olor a carnr

olor a carnr

Sep 24th, 2018
Amy Pelletier Beck

High acid and juicy 👌🏼

High acid and juicy 👌🏼

Apr 28th, 2018
Ken
9.5

Funk-a-dunka

Funk-a-dunka

Jan 23rd, 2018