Discovering Rosato Wine
There are many misconceptions about rosato wine worth clearing up – one of which is that these wines are a “series B” type of wine. Another popular misconception was a blend of white and red, and that is how it gets its beautiful rosé color.
The reality of how rosé is made is much more complex and each bottles tells the story of producers and winegrowers, and each bottle have peculiar and highly distinguishable organoleptic characteristics compared to other red or white wines. Carpineto are among these wines. Carpineto produces two labels of this type: a still wine such as the Dogajolo Rosato and a sparkling wine such as the Brut Rosè. Here is a look at what they are like.
Let’s start with the production methods – how do these wines get their color? Through the grape skins. It is in the skins that all the elements including tannins give the rosé pigment to the grape must. Red wine is produced by macerating the must with the grape pomace, and instead an immediate division is made between the “liquid” and “solid” parts of the blend to make white wine. In order to make rosé, it is sufficient to have the grape skins and must in contact for a period of time much shorter than that used for red wine (usually a few hours). This is clearly not a “simple mix” of ready made red and white wine as some may suspect.
The Dogajolo Rosato presents itself in full elegance in the glass, with its soft pink and light fuchsia tones. Its aromas are that of flowers, rose, myrtle and vine flower, which are associated with fruity scents ranging from cherry to black currant; from forest fruit to apple. This is an intense and at the same time persistent wine which demonstrates unique finesse characteristics and which expresses itself in all its breadth and decision in each and every glass. It is the perfect wine to combine with appetizers, cured meats, grilled fish, and pink meats thanks to the marked versatility of the Dogajolo Rosato.
And now a look at the Brut Rosè, produced in limited quantities (just a few thousand bottles). It is the result of a cuvée of different vintages that give life to a harmonious, very fresh and elegant wine. The aromas exceed the standards of tradition expected of a rosé wine and are of summer flowers, roses and vine flowers, which are associated with an effervescence that enhances acidity and balance. This too is a wine with a unique profile of elegance, which emphasizes persistence and finesse in every sip. It is perfect for aperitifs, and the Brut Rosè can also be paired with grilled fish and traditional Italian dishes, from cod to “caciucco alla livornese” a traditional Livorno fish soup. Of course we cannot forget about one of the dishes synonymous with Italy – pizza – yet another perfect pairing for this wine.