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A Vita Rosato
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A Vita Rosato 2019

Calabria, Italy'A Vita is located in Cirò, on the arch of Italy’s boot tip, nestled between the Ionian sea and Sila mountains. Wine has been made from Cirò since the time of the ancient Olympics. Francesco and his wife Laura de Franco moved back to his native Calabria to make wines sustainably after finishing oenology studies. They purchased 4 vineyards and 8 hectares of vines planted in the historic alberello method, with each vine staked independently to allow for maximum air and light flow. This organic rosato is entirely gaglioppo, a grape native to the area, and an offspring of Sangiovese and a cousin to Nerello Mascalese. From a clay / marl soiled vineyard close to the sea and 9 year old vines, these grapes were grapes macerated on skins for 12 hours in stainless steel without temperature control, after which they are not pressed, but drained by gravity. This was native fermented, went through full MLF, and aged 8 months in stainless steel. Pouring a dusky glowing amber hue, this has subtle notes of wild raspberries, cherries, sour apple, scrubby herbs on a fiercely grippy palate. The finish is refreshingly astringent, welcoming pairing with food or solo sipping.Tasted: 05 November 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 30.95 consignment Producer: A VitaDistributors: The Living Vine
Grape: Gaglioppo