I attended a virtual tasting last month as part of the newer movement. The aim is to promote Italian wines, always known as or now termed rosa, across Italy from north to south. Led by Italy’s PR agency and sponsored by the Consorzio di Tutela Prosecco DOC and the del Vino Rosa Italiano that was founded in 2019 in Roma by Luigi Madonna, Franco Cristoforetti and Angelo Peretti. It’s a collaboration of 6 different denominations. Here are the appellations from north to south:
- di Bardolino
- Castel del Monte Bombino Nero
- Salice Salentino Rosato
- Ciro Rosato
It was stated that Italy produced 10% of the world’s . may be increasing in presence in the market, but Italy has been producing “rosa” wines since the Paleolithic era about 8,000 years ago.
I sampled 6 different rosa wines from 6 different appellations in a variety of styles and native Italian grapes.
The newly approved Prosecco DOC in August of 2020 covers both the regions of the Veneto and Friuli. The regulations of the Prosecco DOC will be that up to 15% of the grapes will be vinified pinot noir grapes. The red and white grapes will be blended prior to the secondary fermentation and will spend at least 60 days in tank via the method, also known as the method.
They presented some facts stating that in 2020, 500 million Prosecco bottles were produced with only 17 million bottles. In 2021, the projection is estimated to increase to a whooping 60 million bottles! The USA is on tap to be the largest importer of these wines so be prepared!
The Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC Brut 2020 was a pale peach color with fresh strawberries and citrus on the nose. Crisp with citrus and wild strawberries on the palette. Some minerality on the finish with moderate bubbles. ABV 11.5%
Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG
Castel del Monte is located in the region of Puglia in the southern region of Italy. Named after the castle located on the hills of the eastern side of Puglia closer to Bari and the Adriatic Sea. This area has a hot Mediterranean climate, but with cold winters. Castel del Monte exclusively produces rosa wines made from the Bombino Nero grape and was the first in Italy to receive DOCG status. This grape is a late ripening grape that is low in sugar and high in acidity.
The 2020 Veritas Castel del Monte Bombino Nero DOCG I have to say this was my favorite wine from the tasting. A pale peach/coral color in the glass with fresh strawberries on the nose. It was just an overall pleasant and refreshing with beautiful purity of fruit, mostly strawberries, good body with tingly sapidity on the finish. ABV 12% SRP $10-15
di Bardolino DOC Classico
The area of Bardolino is situated on Lago di Garda, Lake Garda, set at the foothills of the Dolomites with Monte Baldo nearby. Such a beautiful area if you have never been. comes from the for “vinum ”. Along with Castel del Monte in Puglia, Bardolino is another appellation only producing rosa wines. Wine has been made in this area since before the Middle Ages so although may be the “hot topic”, some of these regions have a rich history in production.
The climate of this area is rather mild in the winter with warm and sunny summers moderated by Monte Baldo and the lake breezes. The soils of the area are rich in magnesium and sodium rich limestone left behind by ancient glaciers.
I tasted a Classico from Marchesini Marcello and was happy to see this wine as part of the tasting. I just happened to stumble across this winery years ago in my travels and they weren’t even open when I pulled up, but they had seen my car outside and invited me in for a personal tour and tasting in their cellar. This is what I love about the Italian culture and people. They are located in off of Lake Garda in the Veneto region. The winery was started by the late grandfather of Marcello whom runs the winery with his 2 daughters.
2020 Marchesini Marcello Coralin Classico DOC is a blend of the classic native grapes to this area including 30% Corvina, 30% , 20% and 20% Rondinella. A pretty pale salmon color with a greenness to the nose that reminded me of Sauvignon Blanc. Dry on the palette, light bodied- and showing mostly citrus notes and a little tartness. ABV 13%
I have really enjoyed the di wines no matter how many times I have tried them. I sampled and enjoyed the 2020 di Bardolino DOC Classico as well, but need to locate my notes from my tasting and will update once I do. SRP $15
We find ourselves in another designation that is a Rosa only DOC. The name Cerasuolo that these wines are named after comes from the dialect of “” and the word pertaining to the ripe cherry color in the glass along with the fruit profile. The production of these wines is larger than some of the prior ones at 6 million bottles. These are some of the darkest wines in Italy with richer profiles of cherries and strawberries which providing high acidity.
The 2020 Costantini Antonio Febe Cerasuolo DOC was a beautiful rich pink color with aromas of ripe red fruits including cherry, raspberry and even some hints of orange peel. Medium bodied and round on the palette with good acidity, cherry flavors. These wines are always heftier in body and depth and I find great when you want a red, but it may be too warm. ABV 13.5%
Although I didn’t get to sample some of the other appellations as part of the movement including those from the , Salice Salentino Rosato and Ciro Rosato I hope to feature them in the future.
What are your favorite rosa wines from Italy?
The Italian Consortium led by Chiaretto di Bardolino submitted the new pink emoji to be approved for rosè lovers to share amongst the world. You can vote to have it added!