2018 Cosimo Maria Masino ‘Matilde’ Toscana Rosato IGT
Region: San Miniato < Tuscany < Italy
Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Sanforte
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Demeter certified biodynamic wine; clay and limestone soil with many calcareous fossils in the vineyard, 600 meters altitude, certified biodynamic and organic, fermentation in concrete; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added sulfur; zero-zero; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Francesco De Filippis
NEW VINTAGE ALERT: 2018 is here!
Another great wine from our friends at Cosimo Maria Masini, where grapes have been grown since the 1600’s. The Masini family acquired the estate in 1997 (though Napoleon Bonaparte was a previous owner) and made several exciting discoveries when they began rehabilitating the property, including a very few, old, Sanforte vines. Sanforte, unique to Tuscany, was previously thought to be Sangiovese, and produces a wine that is slightly more full-bodied. The Masinis lovingly restored these vines and converted the entire property to biodynamic viticulture in 2005.
Francesco's Matilde rosato, coppery and herbal, is always one of our favorites. More than just a summer quaffer, this one refreshes with savory, watermelon notes, plush, fuzzy peach and typical Sangiovese sour cherry notes that reveal themselves as the wine opens up in your glass. It's a rosé that goes both ways – an excellent food wine, with the complexity to stand up to a wide range of dishes, and so delicious on its own.