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“Here's a beautiful and floral white from old Magna Graecia. The 2018 Zibibbo in Pithos is a special product with no rivals I can think of in Italy. It opens to a pale-copper golden color, with an enormously fragrant bouquet that is beaming with honeysuckle, star jasmine, acacia flower and the kind of sweet almond blossoms that color the landscape around the Temples of Agrigento in the spring. You also get a touch of "zagara," which is a local word for orange blossom. All these aromas take you directly to southeast Sicily where these sun-kissed grapes are cultivated. This wine is aged for seven months on the skins in amphorae, and added dimensions and complexity are rendered by those slightly more oxidized aromas that recall caramel and dried apricot. The acidity is there, maybe the wine could use a pinch more, and you don't taste or feel much alcohol at a light 11.5%, but the results are beautiful nonetheless.”
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The taste of Africa jumps out at you not just from the various architectural ruins but also more importantly from the vegetation: olive, carob and almond trees and vines abound. The climate as well recalls Africa with its red, ochre and yellow tones.
Three friends founded Azienda Agricola COS, in 1980: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from.
OUR WINES TELL OUR STORY AND THE STORY OF OUR ANCESTRAL LANDS.
For over 3000 years, the Earth has had grape vines. This is an extraordinary gift that we have been given and that we have received with humility and work with in our own way. We are always looking to work as artists in terms of our concept of a wine. This has enabled us to undertake a very difficult path but one that we are fully satisfied with and that we intend to pursue wholeheartedly. For the past 30 years, we have been creating our history and putting it into every glass of our wine, our story, the story of our ancestral lands.