April 2018 Selection

Where do you go if you don't have an amphora?

April 2018 Selection

Foradori Teroldego 2014 (2 bottles)
Cirelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Anfora 2016 (2 bottles)
Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria delle Fontane 2011 (2 bottles)

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The use of amphoras for vinification and aging is now a consolidated reality in modern enology. Like all innovations that look to history, to an almost protohistory of wine, even the amphora has aroused a lively debate. Does it make sense, in this millennium, to use an apparently obsolete container? What are the benefits? And again,an amphora is fine but... which one?

Think about the container in which, among the hills of the current Georgia, wine was was reportedly born from the first specimens of modern grapevines whose berries were fermented. Amphoras today are often understood to be a large earthenware vessel (even as big as several hectolitres) coated internally in waxes or insulating products. In this sense, the amphora has the advantages of vitrified cement, since, with respect to wood, it better preserves the characteristics of the vine and the terroir, guaranteeing a better arrangement of the liquid in relation to skins or yeasts in suspension, due to its circular shape.

When the amphora is not coated internally, it naturally have a greater effect on the style of the wine. It is no longer the precursor of stainless steel, but rather something like a medium-sized barrel, which guarantees that the wine has a certain oxygenation but at the same time greater insulation. And also a lower or inexistence of transference of tannins and other organoleptic notes.

Even uncoated, the amphora is therefore, all in all, a container of modern conception. If you have never visited a winery that uses them, don't expect to see the old earthenware objects pulled out from the sea or archaeological excavations! Instead, you should be seeing modern and functional objects, which are also design pieces, controlled and technologically advanced objects. And you should expect wines that, rather than from amphoras in themselves, are characterised by the style of the winemaker.

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Foradori Teroldego 2014 (2 bottles)

Red. Elisabetta Foradori Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy Teroldego

Bottle: £13.32 club members / £15.03 non-members


The Foradori vineyards are located in the Campo Rotaliano, a small plain hidden away amongst steep rocky walls where, depending on the soil composition, several different terroirs can be distinguished. The vines, the result of a massal selection from old vineyards, planted in 12 of those parcels with an alluvial soil, combine to create this wine.

As is well known, Elisabetta Foradori's winery doesn't use chemical products and operates in accordance with biodynamic certification. The huge respect always shown to Nature and a close observation of the vineyards enable the most clear-cut expression of the Teroldego to show through, a mountain variety in whose recuperation Foradori has spent more than 20 years working hard.

The grape must ferments in concrete tanks, often with a small amount of the stalks, and matures for a year in large-volume wooden and concrete containers which allow the fruit's essence to be preserved and concentrate the wine. This can easily be discerned in the depth of its Picota cherry colour and the intensity of its red fruit (redcurrants and cherries). On the palate, minerality and freshness ooze from all sides, combining hints of ash and scrubland blue flowers. Its fruit is rounded, nigh on perfect, generous and juicy. Its finish, with a marked acidity, defines the varietal's profile to perfection.

Soft cheeses

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Foradori Teroldego 2014
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Cirelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Anfora 2016 (2 bottles)

White. Cirelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Italy Trebbiano D'Abruzzo

Bottle: £17.06 club members / £19.38 non-members


Francesco Cirelli's young winery from Pescara, motivated by experimental pioneering work and solid entrepreneurial skills, today is a point of reference in Abruzzo, with its dynamism and focus on excellence. The basic idea, that of being in harmony with the territory and the use of radically eco-sustainable vineyard management criteria, are producing honest wines, imbibed with the terroir, more often that not embracing the most rigorous demands of natural or ancestral wines.

The Cirelli style has for years embraced the terracotta amphora, which confers typicality and character to the native Abruzzo wines. The choice is to vinify and age a line of wines entirely in these containers, to optimise their contribution and convert their organoleptic profile into a clearly appreciable way. Montepulciano, Cerasuolo and Trebbiano are therefore subjected to this practice.

The Trebbiano Anfora is a velvety and pleasant straw-colored wine with greenish reflections. The bouquet initially opens with floral hints of broom and yellow fruit; followed by the emergence of notes of acacia honey and then basil and aromatic herbs, with a fragrant vegetal pluck. On the palate, we see the same nuances of flowers and fruit, that give softness but are enlivened and reinforced by acidity and a marked sapidity. The finish brings to mind candied citron and quince. Perfect with seafood appetizers, light first courses, fish dishes, fresh cheeses, the Trebbiano is also excellent as an aperitif.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Cirelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Anfora 2016
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Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria delle Fontane 2011 (2 bottles)

Red. Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Italy Frappato, Nero d'Avola

Bottle: £21.23 club members / £24.12 non-members


The winery belonging to Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti needs no introduction. It is one of the main biodynamic wineries in Italy, and without a doubt a main player in the rebirth of Sicilian wine focused on excellence and eco-sustainability. In particular, the work of the three pioneering winemakers has influenced the history of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria, which COS also offers in this splendid single-vineyard version.

Twenty-year-old vineyards at 200 metres above sea level, perfectly exposed on calcareous red earth soils, with inserts of sand and clay. The harvest is slightly late and vinification is in a completely natural amphora, with spontaneous fermentation, as per the winery’s philosophy. These are the ingredients for a textbook Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

The colour is a lively ruby, it is fresh and young, and expresses a picky but modern interpretation of this DOCG, the only one in Sicily. The bouquet is pleasantly fruity and spicy, pulpy and persuasive but not tiring, multifaceted and complex. On the palate it is fresh, thin, with tannins which are prominent but perfectly integrated into the structure and alcohol. Tasty, sometimes opulent depending on the vintage, good sapidity and always enveloping. It is an excellent meal wine but also for quiet thought, given the perfect balance that will definitely keep on having even after many years.

Lamb with fine herbs

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2028.

Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria delle Fontane 2011
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