This fascinating and structured wine is named after Monte Rosa, the second highest peak in the Alps. It has many of the characteristics of the Nebbiolo grape (85%) with a delicate aroma and also gives the brick orange tinge. Vespolina (15%) offers floral and spicy notes with light and lively taste.
In the nose: Intensely aromatic, great bouquet, tar, roses, anise, wood smoke, and violets.
Crisp and dry, high in acidity, mineral fresh and savory, fruits and cherries, white pepper and cinnamon.
Tomato based dishes, Asian cuisine.
“Made with Nebbiolo and 15% Vespolina, this outstanding, structured rosato has delicate scents of red berry, violet and a whiff of herb. The fresh savory palate delivers sour cherry, cranberry, white pepper and cinnamon framed in an intense mineral vein. It closes on a note of mouth-watering salinity.”
WineEnthusiast 91 points (2015 vintage) link
Nebbiolo and Vespolina are indigenous to the area of Piemonte in the Northern part of Italy.
Nebbiolo is well known for the production of the Barolo wine. Good Nebbiolo wine is extremely difficult to find outside its native northern Italy. Nebbiolo is popularly thought to take its name from nebbia, Italian for the fogs that characteristically drape the hills in autumn.
Vespolina red wine grape variety is not very common, and on the contrary, it is referred to as a rarely found grape variety of Italy. Its production is not abundant; it is hugely used to blend with other wines since it softens the tannins present in other grapes, frequently it is blended with Nebbiolo. It is said the name Vespolina comes from the wasps (vespe) attracted by the sweetness of its ripe berries at the time of harvest, although no one knows for sure.