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August 3, 2017

Pink Sensations

11 great Tuscan Rosé wines to taste under the sun

It could have been just an ephemeral fashion, instead rosato or rosé wine has become the wine of conviviality and Tuscany, the land of intense red wines appreciated all over the world, is one of the Italian regions in which these wines are most successful. Like the Pink Label produced by I Balzini, recently awarded the Gold Medal at the Feminalise World Wine Competition in France, which is made from Sangiovese and Merlot grapes that recall the scents of cherries and strawberries. At Trequanda, Rosa di Tetto, bearing a name inspired by the old climbing roses of the Fattoria del Colle, is produced from Sangiovese grapes. Brilliant pink in color, the palate has hints of small red fruits such as bilberries and raspberries. The Sangiovese of the Tenuta di Capezzana in Carmignano is enriched with 10% Cabernet and Canaiolo, for an organic wine bottle-aged for three months. Again, an organic Sangiovese, with added white fruits, is the rosé Le Cicale of Fattoria Sardi; pale pink in color, its freshness, creaminess and minerality make it perfect for accompanying fish and crustaceans. At the Tenuta il Palagio in Colle Val d’Elsa, the bright-colored Wild Rosé recalls pink grapefruit and, thanks to its fresh, soft taste and acidic finish, is also excellent as an aperitif wine. Organic and bottle-aged for three months, Epatta is made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of the Azienda Agrilandia in Castiglioncello; pale pink in color, with scents of pink grapefruit, wild strawberries and wild rose, to the palate it has a strong sapidity, freshness and persistence. In Bolgheri, at the Guado al Tasso estate, lo Scalabrone, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah varieties, is light peony pink in color, with intense, sweet and richly fruity aromas, notes of cherry and raspberry and herbaceous sensations that add liveliness. At Suvereto in Val di Cornia, the Terradonna Sysa, with a bright cherry color, intense nose and notes of red fruit given by the blending of Syrah and Sangiovese grapes, is bottle-aged for three months. On Elba Isle, at Fattoria le Ripalte, grapes of the most famous and typical varietal of the island, Aleatico, so loved by Napoleon, are used for the production of their rosato, with its aromas of wild rose and Mediterranean scrub, light texture and long aftertaste. Alìe, named for a fabled sea nymph, is the rosé of the Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia, whose cellars were designed by Piero Sartogo, in Magliano, in the heart of the Maremma region; Syrah with a touch of Vermentino, it has a delicate structure with a vein of minerality typical of the territory that gives it a long finish and makes it ideal as an aperitif wine. A, 100% Aleatico, is the rosato of Fattoria Aldobrandesca, located in the Etruscan Sorano, behind Capalbio; pale pink, it has a delicate and persistent aroma characterized by the floral note typical of its variety.

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