Grapelive: Wine of the Day December 29, 2016

2015cosfrappato2015 COS, Frappato, Terre Siciliane, Italy.
The bright and textured 2015 COS Frappato is a joyous red from Giusto Occhipinti and team, it is one of best yet in terms of clarity, pure character and stylish form. COS Frappato 2015 shows it’s terroir and roots in near perfection, it was from mainly in the Vittoria zone with the vines set into the classic clay, tufa and sandy soils, the grapes were hand harvested, native fermented on the skins and it was raised in mostly glazed cement vats, making for a wine of medium weight, lively and wonderfully fresh. The vintage gives a bit of extra pop and density which plays well in this wine, 100% Frappato with layers of red berry fruits, wild herbs, chalky/stony notes and mineral tones all melding together with nice acidity and satiny tannins. Light floral perfume, brilliant ruby color and a hint of earthy charm lead you off the line before a palate of tart plum, strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry and lingonberry fruits as well as lavender, anise and peach tea spice. This COS 2015 Frappato at first sip is simple and refreshing with lots of zesty tang, but after a minute the complexity and an array of flavors comes to life, there is certainly a slow burn reaction and it blossoms in the glass and really is a sexy and compelling wine, drink this interesting red over the next 3 to 5 years.
($32 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive