COS 2018 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola, Terre Siciliane IGP

COS 2018 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola, Terre Siciliane IGP

Item Number: 13913

UPC: 8-033749750143

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Ragusa
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Nero d'Avola
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
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.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (6/10/2021)

    The 2018 Nero d'Avola di Lupo is gorgeous and spicy in the glass, as peppery florals and minerals add lift to notes of crushed blackberry and hints of tart citrus. It's zesty with floral-tinged red fruits, and salty minerals, showing remarkable vibrancy as inner florals build toward the close. This tapers off long and spicy, also wonderfully fresh, as a coating of liquid-violet florals slowly melts away to reveal lingering acids that just beg you to take another sip. This is gorgeous.