Giusto Occhipinti is Arianna’s uncle, but above all he is her mentor. He founded this vineyard in 1980 with two friends. From the first letters of their three names (Cilia, Occhipinti, Strano) came the name of Domaine COS. From three hectares in 1980, they grew to 10 ha in 1990, then they acquired a further 20 hectares in 2005. Giambattista Cilia and Giusto Occhipinti, who now run the estate alone, have become renowned as pioneers in Sicily of biodynamic viticulture and vinification in amphorae. They are also ardent defenders of the sole DOCG of Sicily: Cerasuolo di Vittoria, their cuvée of which is a marvel of delicacy. Their skin-contact whites are made from the local varietals Grecanico and Inzolia, and the reds from Nero d’Avola and Frappato. I met Giusto in Saumur in February 2016, and discovered a man as sincere as his very original, very precise wines. So hurry and let Pur Jus stock your cellar with some!
A nose of morello cherry and prunes with floral notes evoking rose and violet. The palate is silky and velvety, fruity and spicy, with body, beautiful volume, and a long finish.