"Pithos" Bianco, COS
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Organic
Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

"Pithos" Bianco, COS - 2020

Item # 35513 750mL
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Organic
Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Organic

Biodynamic

Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

This intense orange wine that takes its name, "Pithos", from the Greek word for the clay amphorae that's used to ferment and age this wine. After pressing, the Grecanico grapes spent a month macerating on the skins. Made from the Garganega grape, which is known as Grecanico in Sicily.


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Staff Pick Notes

Located in the Vittoria region of southeast Sicily, the Azienda Agricola COS was created by three school friends: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti (uncle of famous winemaker Ariana Occhipinti), and Pinuccia Strana. It started as a fun side project, and became a real business when they realized they were making high-quality wine. Pithos is vinified and aged in amphora. The wine is skin-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Great aromas of almond, grapefruit, orange, green tea, and flowers. A complex white made from the Grecanico grape, otherwise known as Garganega.

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About the Producer

Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirano Strano Sicily, Italy Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano. These three old school friends started out making wines for pleasure and ended up transforming the future of Sicilian wine. COS is an acronym of their partnership. The trio made quite a splash when the company debuted; they...

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