Country: Italy Region: Lugana, Lombardia
Varietal: 60% Groppello, 15% Marzemino, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Barbera
Vintage: 2014 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Cá dei FratiThe Dal Cero family has transformed their Cà dei Frati property into a model Italian estate over the past two decades...
Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have 140 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality, and today they remain the best producers in Lugana. The family have recently retraced their roots back to the eastern province of Verona to the Lessinia hills to create their interpretation of Amarone.
Ageing Potential: Drink Fresh
2014 was a surprising year. It was cool and wet, so work in the vineyard was the key. Hail hit some vineyards and those who cropped too high or didn’t work hard enough in the vineyard will have produced pretty poor wines. Those who did have made good wines with good colour and perfume and good levels of acidity.
There was a short period of skin contact at the start of the vinification process to extract colour. The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, 80% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in tank for six months before bottling and then a further two months in bottle before release.
Rosa dei Frati is light pink with a touch of `onion skin` orange. Zesty and vibrant with aromas of summer pudding and strawberries, it is perfectly balanced with a lovely refreshing finish.
Food Matches: Aperitif / Shellfish / Mussels / Hors d'Oeuvres