A Return to Rossesse


This winter I had my first experience with Rossese and it was bizarre.  I found that the 2011 Punta Crena, Vigneto Tsasco tasted like the sea.  So I had no clue what was in store for these two bottles.  Jenn and I were both surprised and thrilled by the Aimone Giobatta wine.  It is an old-school, haunting wine which I recommend.  The Danilla Pisano is the most modern of the two.  It really needs another year in the cellar to open up and should be worth the wait.  These wines were purchased at Chambers Street Wines.

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2010 Vio Aimone Giobatta, U Bastio, Rossese di Albenga, Riviera Ligure di Ponente – $20
Imported by Wine Emporium.  This wine is 100% Rossese which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for four months on the lees. Alcohol 12.5%.  The color is a very light dried rose and cherry.  The light to medium nose is similar to the mouth.  In the mouth there is a lot of lively acidity and restrained, haunting fruit.  The flavors are old-school with a tight veing of ripeness followed by a lifted, powdery ripeness in the finish.  Nice.  Quite coating in flavors and a little tart in the finish.  With air a flavor similar to Strawberry develops but I cannot quite describe it.  *** Now-2016.

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2010 Danila Pisano, Rossese di Dolceacqua –
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is 100% Rossese.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light garnet with a cherry core.  The light nose reveals darker red aromas.  In the mouth there is stand-up red fruit then black, minerally fruit.  The flavors play it close at first then there is a haunting, low-lying expansion of flavor.  There is a familiar Rossese powdery, ripe sweet bit then a firm touch with more tannins and younger fruit.  Perhaps some pepper?  This tastes like it needs one more year of age.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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