Maremma Toscana, Italy
Alc. 12.5 %
We got really lucky with the Calasole and were able to offer our members three vintages to try - 2016, 2017 and 2018. A unique opportunity to compare the slight differences that can occur year to year in producing a wine. We'll let you be the judge on which is your favourite!
Rocca di Montemassi is one of twelve estates owned by the Zonin family. Their company, Zonin 1821, adhere to the idea that "each region has its own traditions, each region has its own wines". Together with their extensive team of oenologists (people who study and are experts in the science of wine and wine making - why didn't our high school councillors tell us about this career path?) and agronomists (study the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation - think crop and soil management), they aim to produce and distribute Italian wines that showcase the strengths and distinct personalities of each region and varietal.
Over 180 hectares of vines are dedicated to the growth of Sangiovese and Vermentino at Rocca di Montemassi which is located in Maremma, a sub-region of Tuscany. Tuscany has a long history of viticulture that dates back as far as the sixth century where grapes were harvested and exported by the Etruscans. The climate here is ideal for grape growing and is characterized by warm temperatures during the day, cool nights and a refreshing breeze. "Calasole" means sundown or sunset and also refers to the late afternoon breeze that comes through the hills in Maremma. Drink now at 10 C.
A brilliant, golden yellow core that boasts perfect clarity straight through to the edges.
An excellent example of Vermentino, with aromas of stone fruit, green apple and white flowers that drift out of the glass. This is followed by more subtle hints of citrus and melon. There is a pleasant minerality reminiscent of slate or crushed rocks.
Starting off with a fruity beginning, white peach and nectarine stone fruits greet the palate with more subtle notes of pear and a slight kiwi tartness. Spicier hints of almond, vanilla, ginger and white pepper intermingle with the fruit. The soft sweetness of the introduction is balanced with a generous acidity in the impressive finish. The medium body is delicate but substantial and maintains a freshness thanks to the orange peel citrus highlights.
We could easily enjoy this on its own but it would also complement prosciutto wrapped melon or mussels. Want to mix it up? Try it with sushi!
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec
Retail: $28.99 Club: $23.49