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Azienda Agricola Cos Nero d'Avola Lupo Nero 2013

Azienda Agricola Cos Nero d'Avola Lupo Nero 2013

750ML     
Sku: 041496

In short: highly recommended, for those who like refreshing, aromatic, lively wines - i.e. anyone with good taste!

Review
The COS Nero di Lupo is 100% Nero D'Avola, but very different from the fat, super ripe, fruit forward style being produced with the American market and high scores in mind.
The Nero di Lupo is unfiltered 100% Nero d'Avola made from grapes grown at their local Bastonaca vineyard.
Fermented in stainless steel and aged for a further 24 months in cask it has remarkable finesse with rich fruit flavors balanced by flinty notes, balance, and complexity. This has extremely supple tannins and is about as varietally pure a Nero d’Avola as you will ever find. Pure, dark red fruit balanced with fresh acidity. This is distinctive, delicious stuff from a classic Sicilian producer.

Other text
COS was established in 1980 by three friends—Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Pinuccia Strano—each of whom is represented by the initial letter of his surname in the winery’s title. While the venture began purely as a pleasurable pursuit, following early qualitative success derived from a fairly casual operation, they adopted a serious orientation, employing modern viticultural techniques. Today, Cilia and Occhipinti continue to oversee the estate’s operation.

The estate pays homage to Sicilia’s native grapes, cultivating wines from Frappato di Vittoria, Nero d’Avola, Inzolia, and Grecanico. While most of these varietals appear in blends, preeminent portfolio positioning is accorded to Nero d’Avola, which figures in several monovarietal bottlings.

Nero d’Avola, essentially an exclusive inhabitant of Sicilia, attains high sugar levels and surprisingly, despite the heat, exhibits a rather bracing acidity. When vinified as a single varietal, it fashions a red that often inspires comparison to Syrah, and, like the latter, is amenable to projecting a vast stylistic range. Nero di Lupo, one of COS’s single-varietal bottlings of note, emphasizes the dark, meaty character of Nero d’Avola on both the nose and palate. The pronounced savory dimension of this wine issues a demand—rather than an invitation—for rich and succulent meats. The Sicilians may very likely pair it with polpettoni (meatballs), which they serve as a main course (and are also credited with having invented) as opposed to a “topper.”


Food pairing
Any dish from Sicily, fish or meat

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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Grape Varietal: Nero d'Avola
Type: Still wine, Organic

Reg. $24.99

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