Bonavita Rosato Terre Siciliane 2020


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Bonavita's Faro rosso has consistently wowed me and the rosato is no different--it is perhaps even more impressive for what it is. Faro is a small region in Sicily, located northeast of Mt. Etna, near the Messian straight that separates Sicily from the Calabrian coast. As with the reds of Etna, the wines, here, are based upon Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, but must also contain the more obscure Nocera, which is indigienous to the area and is known for retaining its acidity and adding pigment to the blend. The vineyards are lower lying than that of Etna, but nonetheless planted on hills. The soil is also limestone, clay, and sand, vs. the volcanic soils of Etna.

Bonavita's rosato is a blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera. The juice macerates on the skins for only 12 hours, but ends up a deep ruby color. The wine is absolutely alluring on the nose with aromas of wild cherries and herbs and fleshy on the palate with all of the red berries you could want, cleaned up by a brisk almost salty minerality. This wine is endlessly flexible at the table and would pair beautifully with any of your late summer fare.

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