2018 Valentina Passalacqua 'Rosa Terra' Rosato

2018 Valentina Passalacqua 'Rosa Terra' Rosato

Regular price $26

Region: Apricena < Puglia < Italy

Grapes: Nero di Troia

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; rocky, limestone,
marble soils with calcified seashells; 4-day maceration in stainless
on the skins with no temperature control, single fermentation finished
in bottle with crown cap; unfined/unfiltered with zero added SO2;
zero-zero; 11% ABV

Winemaker: Valentina Passalacqua

Valentina Passalacqua is a trailblazing young natural winemaker in
Puglia, a region not exactly known for biodynamic, no sulfur wines.
She took over her family’s land (used only for cattle grazing since
1900), located inside Gargano National Park, to create a diverse farm
that includes indigenous grape varietals.  Her family considered the
land too difficult, too poor, for crops, not realizing that they were
actually sitting on a precious marble mine – or soil that happens to
be amazing for vines.  The rocky, mineral-rich soil does not retain
water (also great for vines), and proximity to the sea means cooling
breezes and ventilation (another plus).  Valentina’s wines are pure,
elegant, never soupy as you sometimes see in wines from Puglia (it’s
hot there). Because, she is careful about canopy management (to ensure
grapes don’t get cooked) and picks early to retain freshness and

This is her rosato of Nero di Troia, which is a brilliant coppery-pink
color and drinks more like a baby red than mindless rosé.  It smells
sweet, like ripe cherries and strawberries, but the wine is bone dry.
Tart, citrusy notes, like kumquat and blood orange, balance the juicy
cherry fruit, bright acidity and minerality.  Drink chilled but not
icy cold, with a summer picnic or aperitivo snack spread.

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