Sicilian Wine Review: Cerasuolo di Vittoria by COS
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009 by COS
COS has made a wonderful Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009 vintage. For those of you who are not familiar with this wine, it's not actually a grape varietal but a blend made with two specific grapes: Nero D'Avola and Frappato. Different winemakers create this wine with different levels of each grape. Some winemakers do a 50-50 split between Nero D'Avola and Frappato, and some wine makers mix 60% Nero D'Avola and 40% Frappato. It's up to the winemaker's preferences, but there are some limitations because Cerasuolo di Vittoria is the only DOCG wine in Sicily. This means there are many restrictions on how this wine can be made.
I love the color of this wine. It's a ruby red and you can see through it. Just by looking at the color however, it does appear that this 2009 vintage still has some potential to age a few more years.
The bouquet causes me to think about berries and lightly toasted oak. It's a refreshing smell and bright. Maybe this is because the town of Vittoria is not too far from the sea. The aroma is ever so slightly sweet. It doesn't smell like sugar but some sort of naturally made candy. But there is this soft fragrance that is pleasing to the nose.
Sipping: First Impressions
I feel like the balance between the acidity and fruit are almost in harmony. But not just yet. I can taste the fruit in the first 15 seconds of the tasting, but I feel that the acidity is still overpowering slightly over the fruit of this wine. The sourness dominates and I like it. I admit that I'm enjoying the acidity aspect of this wine. It really gives life and brightness to it's character. It tingles my tongue quite nicely.
The tannins are still winning the war over the fruit, but at certain moments during the aftertaste, hints of strawberry jam are begging for attention. This is certainly the cause of the Frappato in the wine. Every year this one is going to get better with age. As I drink this, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria is already four years old. This is a great sign because the wine is already enjoyable and it's got a few more years to go probably until it reaches its highest potential.
For me, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a medium body wine. It's border-line heavy but doesn't quite make it to for me. Alcohol is 13%.
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The Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a dry red wine from Vittoria, Sicily. It has a strawberry character on the nose, on the front, with hints of it on the aftertaste. Actually the the aftertaste reminds me more of strawberry jam but it's barely noticeable. It's just exciting when that aspect shows itself.
The oak is brilliantly subtle. The sourness brings this wine alive and I'm looking forward to tasting it in a couple years when the tannins calm down more. There is no doubt about it. The island of Sicily knows how to make great wine.
COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009
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