2017 Leone de Castris "Five Roses" Rosato

SKU #1361175 Wine Spectator

 A bright and juicy rosé, offering ripe strawberry and watermelon flavors, with hints of dried herb and almond. Stone-tinged finish. Drink now. (AN, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

Provencal rosé? Who needs it when you have Puglia! Leone de Castris was the first producer to bottle rosé in Italy, in 1943—interestingly enough it was for the US Army! The de Castris family’s Five Roses is exceedingly well balanced and although it looks a little darker, it is an easy-drinking and expressive rosé with richness yet has excellent acidity for a perfectly balance summer sipper.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2018 | Send Email
This is super easy to drink so buy 2 bottles as the first will be empty before you know it. Bright red fruits along with berry and plum skin fill the expansive middle and leave a full palate impression. The finish is snappy and fresh but not at all austere and finishes with mouth watering minerality.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2018 | Send Email
The "Five Roses" comes to us from one of the best producers in Italy's well known Salento region (Puglia).Although Leone di Castris is best known for their impressive Salice Salentino Riserva, their rose shines as well. This tasty and flavorful Summer delight highlights delicious cherry flavors that cross the palate in a medium-bodied and somewhat textured quaff with mild acidity and lingering fruit on the finish. It's a bit broader and fruitier than the typical Provencal versions and is great on its own or with lighter fare.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2018 | Send Email
While you are sipping on your French roses these warm months, don't forget that the Italian rosato should be your new summer fling. The five roses has a beautiful, full nose filled with berries and a hint of bubblegum. It is sweet and a bit tangy on the palate, like a freshly picked white cherry. It has high acidity, medium body and is completely dry. The juicy fruit and fresh acidity make it mouthwatering through the long finish.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Puglia