An engaging exercise of allowing a little bit of age to accumulate on a bottle meant to be enjoyed young, it was interesting to observe the metamorphosis from lively fruit and fresh herbs to velvety dried fruit and exotic resins with time.
In Coastal northwestern Italy, the Rossese grape with its unique combination of bright fruit and profound savory herbs and resin notes, is the predominant red wine grape. Rossese di Dolceaqua is a tiny DOC in Liguria just inland of the Italian Riviera near the French-Italian border that produces only a small amount of wine, most of it is enjoyed locally and never leaves Italy, so it is well worth picking up when you happen upon them.
Estate: Azienda Agricola Rondelli is a family estate founded two generations ago by Mary Rondelli. Today her grandchildren maintain her traditions, and have acquired more parcels of land. They also cultivate olives and vegetables that they sell in the local markets.
Winemaking: 30% of the wine was aged in barrique, 10% of which was new barrels.
Tasting Notes: Brick orange in colour with charming aromas of cherry, earthy barnyard and traces of smoke. Dried strawberry and cherry flavours were underscored by engaging elements of sandalwood and fennel, whilst smooth tannins carried thru to a lightly spiced finish. Enjoy with a slight chill.
Rossese [I could not confirm varietal percentage, but according to DOC laws it must be at least 95%]
Rossese di Dolceaqua
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Rondelli Agriturismo ca Farò