Buys $25 and under, Rosé Rosato etc., Tastings

Another Stellar Italian Rosato

Altopiano Terre di Chieti Rosato, Feudo Antico 2017   $8/bottle
In previous posts I’ve raved about Italian rosés crafted from Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, and Sangiovese red wine grapes. These Italian rosato wines aren’t light summer sippers with adorable labels and soda pop flavors. The wines I favor have structure and substance while also feeling a little like summer in a glass.

Today I added Montelpuciano to my growing Rosato love affair. Montelpuciano is best known as the grape behind Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo, a bold, often highly tannic wine from the Abruzzo region of eastern Italy. Gary loves the strong aromas and flavors of this classic Italian red. Me, not so much. But turn those dark berries into a rusty pink/pale salmon rosé and Feudo Antico’s Altopiano Terre di Chieti Rosato is a warm, well-balanced charmer. Wine Enthusiast gives it 83 points and a meh review; I beg to differ.

The Altopiano is a fine complement to grilled fish and lighter dishes but can stand alone as a deck wine. We noted apricot on the nose, a pleasant acidity, and lovely fruit flavors. Or, as Gary put it, “sour cherries.”  And not in a good way. He passed on the rosato but is in search of the “real,” red Altopiano Montelpucciano d’Abruzzo to do a cross tasting. Vivino gives the red a 3.8 out of 5 rating. I’m guessing I’ll pass on that.

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