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Pithos Rosso IGT 2010

Vttoria, Italy

60% frappato
40% nero davola

Tasted March2013 This wine presents one of the most rare arrays in the spectrum in the world of red wines. To call it delicate goes without saying. To say it is interesting and delicious, even in a soft spoken way, it easy to do. To claim it is a wine for everyone....hmmm...perhaps not. Welcome to COS, where the Pithos red shares unadulterated fruit expression in a nearly weightless texture. The bouquet is the headline story, full of rose petals, brilliant red-red cherries, a sense of wild herbs and the raw undertone of minerals. It is enough to keep you at the rim of the glass for several moments before ever tasting the wine. Once committed to tasting, a unique experience occurs on the palate. The ripe cherries and cranberry fruits hover above the palate, the acids spritely dance and play and the concentration is all taste and little feel. There is no muscle yet beautiful movement, no fat but a long aromatic finish. Since the alcohol is low for a red, at 12%, the tender feel is less impressive than some roses. A truly feminine prettiness exists here. We loved this wine, knowing that it would make some people wonder where the wine "is" in the glass. It is not ideal for the heavy weight bouts. It is poetic, purity over potency, pristine over powerful. Pithos is a wine one can drink for hours without a knock down punch which we felt gave time for the converts to realize its beauty and open a discussion for the wide range of unique grapes still masterfully grown around the globe. There is an array for every occasion, and this proves it. We searched for a direct message from the winery but it appears the owners prefer the experience to be personal more than pre described. We think you will agree, this is better left for the audience to decide.


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The Label

Producer: Az.Ag. COS
Wine (proprietary name): Pithos Rosso IGT
Vintage: 2010
Labeled as: proprietary title
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Sicilia
Area/Appellation: Vttoria
Classification of Appellation: i.g.t.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 12.00

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Giambattista (Titta) Cilia and Giusto Occhipinti
Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production: 2000
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: whole cluster
Yield of Harvest: 30 hl/ha
Method of Crush/Pressing: hand/foot
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: maceration occurs du
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: Y
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Amphora
Size of Vessel: 250
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Naturally Occured
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: Y    Percent: 0.00%
Length of Fermentation: 7 Month(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Amphora
Origin of Barrels (if used): Amphorae from Spain
Size of Barrels Used: 250
Length of Maturation: 7 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: Settled
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2011-08-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 12.00
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted:
Density of Vines: 5000 Hectare
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: S, SW
Soil Type(s): A ground of medium consistency, comes from sub-Appennine sands, of pliocenica origin and with limestone and silicius nature from fresh and compact clay layers and from tufa limestone.
Elevation of Vineyards: 230 m
Vineyards Description: Hillside
Average Age of Vines: 22 year(s)
Farming Methods: Biodynamic
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: Our vines are little tree and spurred cord with the fruits at only cm. 50 above the ground.