If you fancy yourself a rosé aficionado, then rosato should be on your radar. Made from a range of indigenous Italian grapes, these pink wines come in several unique styles depending on where in Italy they’re from, and offer a breadth of variety that may surprise even the most engaged rosé lover.
Those who desire a crisper wine profile should look for brisk Bardolino Chiarettos from Veneto. If you’re willing to go deeper, the Etna rosatos of Sicily bring salty, savory notes. Meanwhile, fans of bold fruit and spice should seek offerings from Puglia. Ready to start your exploration? Here are the latest reviewed Italian rosatos to enjoy now.
I Custodi delle Vigne dell’Etna 2019 Contrada Mugnazzi Alnus Rosato (Etna); $25, 92 points. Red berry, Mediterranean scrub and wildflower aromas form the alluring nose on this Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blend. On the bright, savory palate, tangy acidity accompanies juicy red cherry, blood orange and star anise before a saline close. Porto Vino Italiano. —Kerin O’Keefe
Torre Mora 2019 Scalunera Nerello Mascalese Rosato (Etna); $23, 92 points. Fruity and fresh, this savory rosato opens with aromas of red berry, blue flowers and citrus. Made entirely with Nerello Mascalese, the racy, delicious palate doles out tangy strawberry, blood orange and saline mineral notes before a baking spice close. 8 Vini, Inc. —K.O.
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