We are always on the lookout for new rosés; the problem is that not as many impress us as you might expect. We look for dry styles, with bright acidity and a fine purity of fruit, as well as sufficient character that they easily invite a second glass. I am pleased to say we just bought one such rosé, which as we speak is making its way to the UK from Sicily.
I was seriously impressed, when I tasted it at the weekend, by this organic rosé, made entirely from the indigenous Sicilian variety, Nerello Mascalese. Nerello is enjoying strong interest currently, capable of making interesting reds and distinctive rosés. It thrives when grown at an altitude, notably on the northern slopes of Mount Etna on sandy and, unsurprisingly, volcanic soils. The fruit for Tenute Bosco’s impressive rosé is taken from a vineyard first planted in 1870 and just 10,000 bottles are produced each year via a gentle pressing of the skins of the Nerello Mascalese.
This pale rosé ticks a lot of boxes; there is a zesty quality to the delicate, floral, red berry nuanced fruit on the nose. This is a very more-ish rosé, with fine depth and a pleasing texture. Juicy, vibrant with notes of cherry and berry as well as a tangy citrus note to the finish. Pure, long and dry, yet with a marked juicy ripeness to its fruit. As Ian d’Agata comments below, it is the gradually building sense of depth that surprises here. This is a subtle, attractive rosé which comfortably challenges Provençal counterparts!
2018 Etna Rosato, Pian dei Daini, Tenute Bosco
92 points, Ian d’Agata, vinous.com
£75 per 6 bottle case in bond
Pale onion-peel pink. Delicate violet, pomegranate and sour red cherry aromas on the knockout nose. Then juicy and fresh, with a laser beam of acidity providing the apricot, sour red cherry and floral flavors. Sneaky concentration here: very well done. Finishes long with truly lingering floral flavors. This is a knockout Rosato that is utterly delicious and already accessible. Drink now - 2021
We expect this to be available for delivery in 2 weeks.
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