It's Rose Season!
What's in the box?
You could say it's part of my spring cleaning. However, I'm not going through my closets and packing up snow boots (who in Manhattan has enough closet space to do a full swap-out anyway?); I'm making room in the wine fridge for.....
These gems are Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa, Piedmont, 2012 ($21). Last year, while sitting on the patio during a girls' reunion weekend, we opened up a bottle of the 2011 amidst the chatter of memories and recollections. Literally, I stopped talking for a good few minutes as I was so beguiled by my glass. This nebbiolo-dominant rose was stunning; round and juicy but still crisp and refreshing. Last week, when Moore Brothers Wine Company sent the email announcing the newest vintage had arrived, I rushed over and secured myself two bottles.
More and more, I find with a great wine there is often a great story attached to it; it's as if the passion and courage are infused in the bottle. This wine is no exception. According to Moore Brothers, the winemaker, Paolo De Marchi, produced award-winning wines down in Chianti Classico; however, his ultimate desire was to restore his great, great uncle's vineyard in Piedmont, which had been abandoned since 1952. Ten years ago, Paolo and his son went to work revitalizing the vineyard and implementing traditional winemaking methods from the region. To date, they are now producing some gorgeous wines and creating a mini-reinassance in the region.
I can't wait to open them and share some tasting notes with you. (I know, you're waiting with baited breath). So, who's going to join me and have a glass?