Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wine of the Day (2011-11-23) Castello Monaci Rosato Kreos Salento IGT, 2010

The Castello Monaci Rosato is from the far south of Italy in the region of Puglia (the heel of the boot), and is produced in the famous wine region of Salento, home of Salice Salentino. In fact, the grapes used for this wine are the same as those used for the famous DOC, these are Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. The wines of Salice can be hearty and robust, a result of both the climate of the region (hot and dry) and the grapes that grow here (hearty and dark-skinned). By using the saignée method to make this rose, the result is a wonderfully flavorful, Euro-dry-style of rose that can pair with a wide variety of cuisine. Full raspberry aromas that are quite inviting, followed by a fuller feel on the palate than what a lot of drinkers might expect from a rose, this wine has character. I see this wine working with a lot of holiday dishes, but can fit just as easily on a summer picnic table. Fresh and dry with a long, clean finish - definitely recommended. About $15 retail - probably limited in availability as this is the end of rose season, but any good store should be able to locate - imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons.

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