Rose, 2019. Pettirosce

Rose, 2019. Pettirosce

Item #: R0820R2II
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Italy
Color: Medium Blush
Nose: Strawberry
Palate: Firm Flavors
Finish: Very Full
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Lunaria is a very large, progressive cooperative in Abruzzo which practices organic and biodynamic farming. They have double control for their organic standards, including Demeter Italy which is at the European level. They were one of the first in the area to do so and have lead the way for others to follow.

After WWII, Abruzzo was a devastated township that could barely survive. In order to do so, they banded together to form co-ops and pooled their resources to hopefully become successful. Many, like Lunaria, have become very successful by producing wines that are of tremendous value.

Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is a new designation for the area. It was formerly called Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. The name was changed to signify that the Montepulciano grapes came from a small, designated area of higher quality called Cerasuolo. By default, the only grape that can be used is Montepulciano.

It's not easy to make a light, breezy ros? from Montepulciano. It is a thick-skinned, very dark grape with imposing flavors. But, Cerasuolo is cooler so the grapes don't get as ripe and thus produces a wine that is a touch lighter and perfect for rose.

Perfect would be the optimal word here. There is a freshness about this wine which makes it hard to believe that it came from Montepulciano, but obviously it did. The combination of the area, biodynamics and a modern facility form all the elements for great wine. Its strawberry and subtle cherry mix with just enough backbone to match all dishes from orange chicken to shrimp salad or crab-stuffed deviled eggs.