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Antonio Scala Ciro Rosato
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16¾/20

Antonio Scala Ciro Rosato 2017

Calabria, ItalyThe Scala family purchased this Calabrian estate in 1949, and it is forth generation Francisco who oversees the business side of the winery, while his father, Luigi, makes the wines. They organically farm 18ha of indigenous grapes like this rosé from gaglioppo, the king grape of the Cirò region, drawn from 50ish year old vines on sandy/calcium carbonate/clay soils. Said to be one of Italy's oldest varieties, DNA studies have found that gaglioppo is a natural crossing of sangiovese and mantonico. A short stint in stainless preserves the fresh fruit. Pouring a pale orange salmon, this is tight and light with youthful herbal berry, heady sapid red florals, held taut with saline notes that carry this charming pink to the snappy cranberry finish. Dry, salty, herbal, and moreish, and at a welcome 13 degrees, smashable as well. Amazing value.Tasted: 01 March 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 19.00 private wine shops Producer: Francesco ScalaDistributors: Liberty Specialty Imports
Varietal: GaglioppoUPC: 8032953520030