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2021 Toscana Rosato


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Here is a rare rosé from the land of great reds, from Sangiovese planted within the eminent Brunello di Montalcino appellation. Rarer yet, it is fermented with natural yeasts and completes its malolactic fermentation—that means no inoculation, low sulfur, and no sterile filtration. The result: a refreshing, mouth-filling rosato better suited to fine dining than poolside quaffing. The best pairing I know of, served on the Sestis’ shaded terrace on a warm summer evening, involved ultra-thin slices of beef carpaccio, shaved parmigiano, cracked pepper, a drizzle of Sesti olive oil (available in the shop), and an invigorating squeeze of lemon.

Anthony Lynch

Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Sesti
Winemaker: Elisa Sesti
Vineyard: 15 years, 3 ha total IGT
Soil: Oceanic Sediment
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region


Map of Tuscany wine region

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

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