Sunday, July 3, 2011

Back to Reality

With the 2010 Primeurs "campaign" now effectively finished (and comments to follow), a timely reminder about value and quality co-existing came by way of reviews recently published for the wonderful Sicilian wines of Azienda COS in the recent Wine Advocate - the same publication that awarded (along with numerous others) high scores to the Bordeaux 2010 vintage - leading to dramatic price increases.

COS were the very first European producers that we started importing a long time back......We have the 2008 Cerasuolo di Vittoria in stock and it remains one of our favourite wines at home, so nice to see it get some credit - so long as the price doesn't rise! Well done Giusto and the team!

2008 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico

"The 2008 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico flows with the essence of dark wild cherries. It possesses beautiful inner perfume and density, without coming across as heavy. The long, pure finish is beautifully articulated with layers of fruit. It is a sensual red that takes Cerasuolo to new heights. The Cerasuolo is 60% Nero d'Avola (aged in cask) and 40% Frappato (aged in cement). Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015. 91 Points.

This is quite possibly the finest set of wines I have ever tasted from COS. Readers owe it to themselves to check out these ambitious wines, many of which also deliver phenomenal value." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate June 2011 (

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