The Wine: Rosato Alpi Retiche 2019
Barbacan Rosato Alpi Retiche 2019 is a rose' wine made from 100% Chiavennasca (local name for Nebbiolo) grapes grown organically in Valtellina, Lombardy, Northern Italy. Spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. Medium body rosato, strawberry and tamarind with hints of red orange. Not your "summer water" type of rose', this one is a complex one.
The Producer: Barbacan
Barbacan is a small, family-owned winery of only 6 hectares. The vineyards are located on terraced slopes characteristic of Valtellina, a narrow valley northeast of Milan, Lombardy. The steepness of the terraces makes working these vineyards extremely difficult, hence the designation "heroic viticulture". At Barbacan everything is done by hand in the most natural way possible: no chemicals in the vineyards or in the cellar, no industrial yeasts, spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. One of the few 100% natural winemakers in Valtellina.
The Region: Lombardy