COS - Zibibbo in Pithos Terre Siciliane IGP 2022 750ml (11% abv)

COS - Zibibbo in Pithos Terre Siciliane IGP 2022 750ml (11% abv)

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In 1980, three friends became the youngest wine producers in Italy, and their last names form the acronym for which COS winery is named (Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti - uncle to Arianna Occhipinti - and Cirino Strano). They received an old family farm from Giambattista’s father, Giuseppe, with nearby vineyard land. The winery follows the principles of biodynamic farming to help the vines express their true character and that of their terroir. They choose to ferment and age their wine in terracotta vases and clay amphorae for the same reason. In 2005, they were the first to produce a DOCG wine in Sicily.

Zibibbo, the local name for Muscat of Alexandria, is a dry white wine with expressive aromatics

Pithos/Phitos is the old Greek name for Amphora

from young, around 20-year-old vines, farmed organically and biodynamically, and located in the west of the island in the Marsala sector, almost at sea level (12 meters altitude). The climate has a strong influence here, with particularly hot days and cool nights. 

Beautifully textural and complex, aromatic, this is a well-balanced orange wine that combines floral aromatics with salty minerality and a creamy fuller-bodied palate, beeswax, lemon curd, lychee, toasted almond, Mandarin orange, honey

region: Sicily, Italy

varietal: Zibibbo

style: white / elegant orange

farming/cellar: certified organic, practicing biodynamic, hand picked, Fermented with indigenous yeasts, the wine remained on the skins in amphorae for a full seven months. It then aged another couple of months in concrete before bottling with a minimal addition of sulfur.