2021 l Monticello 'Serasuolo' Liguria di Levante Rose IGT

2021 l Monticello 'Serasuolo' Liguria di Levante Rose IGT

Regular price $22

Region: Colli di Luni DOC  Liguria < Italy
Grapes: Ciliegiolo
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic, biodynamic farming; pressed and
destemmed grapes, fermentation with maceration on the skins for 12
hours, long resting on the lees then aged in stainless steel; 11.5%;
650 cases
Winemaker: Alessandro and Davide Neri

Liguria is one of the most magical places on the Italian coast, the
home of focaccia and pesto and so many other delicious things, like
the sea salty coastal wines of the region!  Inland, through dense
coastal dense scrub vegetation, the Il Monticello estate is part of
the Colli di Luna DOC. This is wine country of a different sort -
enthralling, hidden and tropical.  Brothers Alessandro and Davide Neri
are the current stewards of that land that their father Pier inherited
in 1982.   An electrical engineer by profession, he saw the potential
for viticulture and started farming.  “We were just students when our
father started this wine hobby, but we were both instantly
captivated,” says David, “We loved wine, and the whole idea… of course
we encouraged him!”  By the time Alessandro and Davide took over Il
Monticello, it had grown to 12 hectares. The brothers acquired 2
hectares of olive groves too, from which they make oil from the
ancient Ligurian variety Razzola. The real expansion though,
Alessandro tells us, was in 1994 when, the brothers made a serious
commitment and converted to organic and biodynamic farming.

Here the light red grape Ciliiegiolo is the star of this gorgeous,
classic rosato, which is profoundly coastal in character.  The
prettiest copper color, it is fun and juicy, with watermelon, ripe
strawberry and coastal herbs alongside a hefty dose of sea spray.
Such a transportive and unique rosé that takes you straight to a
seaside trattoria on the Italian coast.

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