WITH A NAME like a vibrant dancing step as well as a flavor profile so juicy and also bright that it’s regularly called dropping somewhere in between a red and a white, Frappato is among my outright favored summer red wines. I only wish it were simpler to locate. Undoubtedly, I’m tempted to maintain this wine a secret purely on the basis of scarcity. Yet it’s merely as well good not to share.
Belonging to Sicily, the Frappato grape is, regarding I can determine, still grown just on that particular island. It’s long been thought that Frappato is a loved one of Sangiovese, the red grape of Tuscany, as well as the results of a minimum of one DNA examination seem to verify that, but the web link isn’t a full assurance. Both grapes generate white wines that seem rather various to me. I locate Frappato much lighter and also brighter with a vigorous, bitter cherry note and a beguiling fragrance.
In the clear-cut “Indigenous Wine Grapes of Italy,” Ian D’Agata calls Frappato “the variety responsible for a few of Sicily’s the majority of scrumptious unidentified red wines.” He notes that (since the book’s 2014 magazine) the grape accounts for less than 1% of Sicily’s overall winery acreage, “making Frappato just the 17th most-planted selection in Sicily.”
I don’t understand which Sicilian grape selections placed one via 16, but I can’t picture a lot of them produce a more scrumptious white wine than the Frappato from COS, a winery located in the Vittoria area of southeastern Sicily, where the best Frappato grows.
COS obtains its name from the initial letter of each of the last names of the three beginning vineyard partners: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti as well as Cirino Strano. When the three partners established COS in 1980, fantastic Sicilian a glass of wine was a remote vision otherwise a straight-out oxymoron, but their winery soon became one of the basic bearers of well made a glass of wine from Sicily. COS became particularly popular for Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the flagship red of the region in addition to the name of the appellation.