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Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.56.20 AMFrance is classically known for dry Rose wine but what most people do not know is that Italy also makes many dry Rose wine. With Spring here now and as the weather gets warmer I am sure you will see a wide new variety of pink colored wine in all the stores. Remember that anyone who grows red grapes can make a dry Rose. Last summer, dry Roses became increasingly popular.

Today’s selection from Italy is the 2013 Rocche Costamagna OSE Langhe Rosato with is 85% Nebbiolo and 15% Barbera. My wife gave it to me for Christmas from our local Culpeper Wine shop Vinosity. Both of these grapes can make great red wine but how would they fair at Rose?

Here are the tasting notes from the winery’s website:

Cherry-pink. A rich fruity bouquet with notes of, cherry and raspberry. Intense and persistent taste with fresh notes of red fruit.

So what did I think?

Color – Bright salmon pink.

Nose – Muted strawberries.

Taste – Raspberry, grapefruit, and watermelon.

Finish – Crisp but lingers a little bit. Medium to high acid.

Overall, it is not very complex and has pretty high acid for how little fruit it has. The description they gave, other than the color, I hardly got any of that. It had a slightly off smell as well that I could not put my finger on it. It was very faint. Still drinkable.

Rating: B-

~Justin