The majority of Lugana estates are located within the Lombardia (Lombardy) region, however only those in Peschiera del Garda lie within the province of Verona in the region of Veneto. This is where the Montresor family has been growing grapes for centuries in the small village of San Benedetto Di Lugana. In 1880, they founded Azienda Agricola Ottella, named for the family crest symbolizing the birth of octuplets, and by the end of the 19th century it was the only recognized Veronese producer of Lugana wines. It has continued to be one of the finest and most successful wine estates in the region and is run today by Lodovico Montresor and his sons, Francesco and Michele. Together, they manage 30 hectares of vines planted primarily to the predominant white wine varietal of the area, Trebbiano di Lugana, with smaller amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Garganega, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Lagrein.
A blend of 50%Corvina Veronese, 25% Lagrein and 25% Rondinella, this ‘RosesRoses’ Rosato is very appropriately named considering the intoxicating rose perfume that exudes from the nose. Secondary aromas of blood orange, red apple jolly rancher and white pepper join the floral notes and flow onto the light to medium-bodied palate. A racy, mouth-puckering acidity provides lift and vibrancy that goes along with the bright flavors of green watermelon, tart rainier cherry and white strawberry. Despite such powerful acidity, there is ample fruit and some gentle structure to balance it all out, and the very long finish ends with a subtle, pleasant bitterness in the vein of nectarine pit and blood orange zest.