2019 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosado, Tuscany, Italy (750 ml)

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The Ricasoli-Firidolfi family has quite the extensive history in Tuscany, considering more than 37 (yes, that is correct!) generations have cultivated grapes and produced wines in the village of Monti in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti, Italy since the twelve century. The ‘Rocca’ of Montegrossi originally served as a strategic post, high up on a plateau, providing shelter for traveling dignitaries and often times suffering serious damage during periods of conflict; at this point, ‘Chianti’ had not yet been established as a region nor a celebrated wine, and Tuscany was the scene of many a battle between warring families. In the nineteenth century, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, nicknamed the ‘Iron Baron’ due to his rigid austerity, created the original formula for Chianti Classico’s blend of grapes (and fun fact: went on to become Prime Minister of a united Italy!). Today, Ricasoli’s great-great-great grandson, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi helms the ancient estate, farming 50 acres of certified organic vineyards in addition to 50 acres of olive groves. With the help of enologist, Attilio Pagli, Marco crafts exquisite Chianti Classico in addition to a Toscano Rosso (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend), the sweet wine, Vin Santo, estate-grown olive oil and this beautiful Sangiovese rosato that we are thrilled to share with all of you! This lovely rosato is a hand-harvested selection of Sangiovese from the estate’s top vineyard, San Marcellino. Aromas are delicate yet fresh and floral, hinting at violets, wild raspberries and crushed stones. Despite the gentle fragrance, this is not a dainty rosé by any means. Rather, there are some light tannins present along with deeply concentrated red berry, Bing cherry and Blood orange fruit. Winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi ages the wine on its fine lees for four months, lending the wine a beautifully lush texture, yet a zesty acidity cuts through the richness in the wine, providing perfect harmony. The depth of fruit and gentle muscle to this wine calls for something fairly hearty like grilled trout with white beans or a classic pizza margherita.

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