2023 Donna Laura 'Ali' Rosato, Italy (750ml)

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Founded in 2004 by Canadian Lia Tolaini-Banville, Donna Laura Wines is a tribute to her Aunt Laura, whom she met at the age of six on her family’s annual summer vacation to their ancestral home in Italy. Laura was mother to three boys and immediately bonded with her young niece. Over the years, and many visits with her aunt, Lia gained an appreciation for Italian culture, history, music and most of all—art. After graduating from university, she returned to live in Florence to study art and spend as much time as possible with Aunt Laura and her family in nearby Lucca. After she married her sweetheart in Canada and returned to live there, Lia continued to visit Aunt Laura with her own children so that they would also have an opportunity to get to know this special and incredibly wise woman who was so dear to her.

Aunt Laura died suddenly of a heart attack in March 1996. In 2004 an opportunity arose to honor her legacy; Lia started her own winery, and it was only natural that she would name it in honor of the woman who been such an amazing influence on her life.

Made from 100% Sangiovese, the grapes were harvested at the end of August. The bunches are carefully sorted in the vineyards and then by an optical sorter as soon as they arrive in the cellar. The berries were crushed, and the juice is left in contact with the skins for 2 hours before pressing. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Light pink hue. Aromas of strawberry, red apple and a delicate floral note. The palate in nicely balance with flavors of red summer berries and mandarin, with a tough of vanilla bean. Named after her daughter, Ali means “wings” in Italian, and is a tribute to her “little angel.” The label features a detail of Cupid from an original artwork by Rik Olsen.

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