2016 Tenuta Carretta ‘Cereja’ Langhe Rosato, Piedmont, Italy
In Piedmontese dialect (the local language), “cereja” is a greeting, both evocative and auspicious, like a warm welcome.
The wine is blend of 90% Barbera with 10% Nebbiolo. After a few hours of maceration on the skins (skin-contact, to extract the desired color), the must ferments and ages in stainless steel tanks for about 6 months.
This rosé wine from Northern Italy comes in a distinct light orange color. Yes, it’s a little pink, but with quite a lot of yellow to it, making it look more orange, like a light orange wine really, or like onion peel as we say in French. Unusual, but enjoyable, distinctive; ‘unique’ as wine marketing people would say!
The nose is bright and vibrant, lifted by mainly vegetal notes of fresh green wood, like acacia leaves. Some pomegranate aromas give a very subtle fruity tone, while lily floral notes are somewhat heavy in the floral spectrum. Some lime and lemon, plenty of white peppery spices, almost chili-like. It’s also rather unusual to the nose, but again, enjoyable, unique!
Dry palate, with crisp and powerful acidity, underlines a wealth of lime notes and a burst of spicy flavors, like a green pepper sauce filled with lemon zest and juice.
A powerful and fragrant dry rosé with a very distinctive approach to the style. Very pleasant thanks to its savoriness and its crisp acidity, this is a rosé to pair with food, creamy seafood, charcuterie and mild cheeses.