2009 Antichi Vinai Petra Lava Etna Rosato (end of vintage) (Previously $19.99)

SKU #1058107

A superb blend of hand harvested Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio from the northern slope of Mt.Etna. Elegant, bracing, supple and mineral laden this wine stretches the boundaries for rosé. A beautiful color and a truly complex wine, the perfect accompaniment for pasta, fish or grilled chicken.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2010 | Send Email
When I showed this wine to our staff in Redwood City recently, my colleagues asked lots of questions, which is a cork dork-ism meaning it had “WOW” factor).We love dry rosé, and we think the spicy, richly-fruited Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes makes some of the best rosé in the world. This one has quite pronounced fruity aromas (red berries) with floral impressions (violets). Full-bodied, with soft fruit on the front palate and Etna’s mineral-rich volcanic soil and vibrant acidity at the back. It would marry well with summer salad or spicy barbecue.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2010 | Send Email
Greg already said it well, but this rosé is SERIOUS. It is a pretty, light, dusky garnet color - more similar to a lighter colored red than rosé. Aromas and flavors show great depth and intensity, though the natural acidity of these Etna red wine grapes makes this every bit as fresh as it is structured, with tangy red fruit, hints of hibiscus and nice minerality. This just might be one of my favorite "serious" rosés of the season.

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