2012 Le Marchesine Rose Millesimato, Franciacorta DOCG, Lombardia, Italy (750ml)

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We ran with the 2009 Millesimato (or Vintage) Rose for as long as we could, but alas, it is all gone. Thankfully, we have the 2012 which follows in line with the 09. Like all Le Marchesine Franciacortas, it has an elegant character yet this 12 vintage reveals complexity and refinement with a delicate mousse and silky texture. The color is a light pink, almost onion skin in shade and the palate is more medium than light bodied with deeper concentration. The nose offers subtle aromas of wild roses and a light earthy minerality. The palate is lightly fleshy with flavors of ripe red raspberry and fresh watermelon. The finish is long and lovely. It is still one of the best values in Franciacorta and makes for a bottle we would proudly serve at any gathering. 

The Biatta family has been involved with wine in the town of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy since 1196. But it wasn't until 1985 when Giovanni Biatta first acquired 3 hectares of vines in the Franciacorta zone. Today, Giovanni's son, Loris, runs the now 47 hectare estate with his children, Alice and Andrea. Le Marchesine produces six different sparkling wines, four different still wines and two brandies.  This Rosé Millesimato is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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