COS was founded in 1980 by three friends, Giambattista (Titta) Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino (Rino) Strano (COS is the acronym of their surnames.) They wanted to make wine like their Sicilian ancestors had from the area's main grapes, Frappato and Nero d'Avola. In time they converted their vineyards to biodynamic farming and changed the face of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines. "Pithos" is almost the same wine as COS' Cerasuolo di Vittoria, save for an important distinction; the Nero D'Avola/Frappato blend ferments and ages in clay amphorae, thus losing DOCG status but gaining cult appeal -- as well as minerality and texture -- from these ancient aging vessels. In fact, the estate was one of the contemporary wine scene's earliest adopters of amphorae, influencing their neighbors like Vino di Anna as well as countless producers on the mainland. Apart from strawberry, violet, and pomegranate on the nose, the wine showcases some earthy aromas that will appeal to the naturalistas amongst us.