2021 Vino Rosato “Passatella” 1 Liter
Giulio and Margarita Steiger are true believers in the potential of Molise, Italy’s second-smallest region. Giulio is a native of the area, and in 2014 he and Margarita moved from Paris to the comune of Casacalenda, building their winery from scratch and planting twelve hectares of vineyards—now certified organic—to the region’s traditional red varieties. Their rosé has a sun-baked quality, with dusty red fruit, a fair bit of grip, and a distinct herbal note. Mostly Montepulciano with dashes of Aglianico and Tintilia, this is a meal-time rosé for slaking thirst and washing down a brimming bowl of herby cicerchie (pea soup) or a savory hunk of caciocavallo, a traditional cheese from the Apennine Mountains. Invite some friends over for a spirited game of passatella, a centuries-old card game still played in Molise. After all, the more the merrier!
|Blend:||85% Montepulciano, 10% Aglianico, 10% Tintilia|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 2016, 12 ha total|
|Aging:||Ages about 8-9 months in large concrete casks|