COS 2016 'Nero di Lupo' Terre Siciliane IGP
Item Number: 12688
Sub Region: Ragusa
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nero d'Avola
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Red with subalpine sands and limestone with layers of clay and calcareous tufa
Elevation: 230 mters asl
Vineyard Notes: The Nero d'Avola grapes are sourced from estate vineyards in Vittoria. The average vine age is 15 years. Harvest is manual.
Vinification Notes: Spontaneous fermentation on the skins occurs with indigenous yeast in concrete tanks. Nero di Lupo ages in concrete vats for nine months followed by three months in the bottle before release.
91pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 8/6/2019
"Spicy and floral nuances complement the red and dark cherry aromas and flavors. Hints of licorice and powdered rocks emerge on the long very juicy back end. An easygoing wine that offers early appeal and freshness."
91pts (2018 Vintage) Vinous 10/17/2019
"A pure expression of Nero d'Avola, aged simply in cement vats, the 2018 Nero di Lupo shows loads of varietal purity with summer dark cherry, tilled earth, fennel herb and that ever-present aroma that reminds me of Sicilian olive or caper. Like all the wines in the COS portfolio, this one shows extreme precision and fine focus. This vintage was not easy, with rain and cooler temperatures toward the end of the growing season, but this wolf still howls."