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Region: Calabria < Italy
Grapes: Magliocco Canino
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming, fermented and aged in stainless steel for 8 months, then 2 months in bottle; <20ppm SO2 at bottling; 13% ABV; 550 cases
Winemaker: Domenico Silipo
Calabria, Italy’s big toe, is a haunting place, with warm (sometimes sandy) breezes from the Sahara Desert, half-abandoned villages hanging off cliffs on the sea, and lots of rugged mountains. But the region is pretty much off the radar of most wine drinkers, which is a shame, as they can be so good. Like this this unique red made of young vine Magliocco grapes, from the estate of Domenico Silipo and his sons. Light in color but with a deep core, the ‘Rosina’, named after the family matriarch, shows bright energy and easy glou glou drinkability. But far from simple, the Rosina goes from earthy to floral to boysenberries, tar and a lick of tannins. Zesty and refreshing, with such beautiful bitterness and complexity, we could drink this all night. Especially with a slight chill and some spicy food.