Italy

FANTINI

Calalenta 2022

$15.00
A gastronomic rosé, with gourmet flavors of red fruits
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Here is a magnificent rosé , produced by the Fantini cellar in the heart of the Abruzzo region where the climate and terroir are more conducive to this type of wine. In local dialect, “ Calalenta ” means night reading. This refers to the manual harvest carried out at night to preserve the freshness of the aromas. The grapes are delicately pressed, then the juice is cold fermented and aged on the lees for 35 days. It is a “Provençal” rosé which reveals seductive aromas of watermelon , redcurrant , grapefruit , gariguette strawberry , rose and raspberry petals. The wine has a refreshing acidity in harmony with the aromatic intensity. The finish is long and intense, making it an elegant and refined rosé.

Grape varieties : 100% Merlot

Alcohol : 12%

Guard : 1-3 years

An elegant and refined rosé, produced in the Abruzzo region

Ah Italy, what a beautiful hedonistic country, people of the Dolce Vita, but what difficulty in understanding its wine organization! The key to understanding the naming system in Italy is to think of it as several small countries rather than a single homogeneous country because each region has its own naming system. Italy can, however, give wine lovers a multitude of wines with varied and unique flavors and styles, as well as bottles filled with surprise and creativity. Unfortunately, it also produces a large quantity of soulless and characterless wines which are sold under their most useful and commercially reputable name: Pinot Grigio, Chianti, Valpolicella, Lambrusco, Prosecco and many others...



But let's talk a little history, viticulture in Italy dates back to ancient times and it originated in Greece. The Etruscans would have planted vines and Greek immigrants would have improved and modified the grape varieties who subsequently called this country "Oenotria": the country of wine. At the height of the Roman Empire, wine held an important place in daily life and certain regions already stood out for the excellence of their product. The Romans also established numerous vineyards in Europe, leaving an indelible testimony to their invasion.



Today Italy is the largest wine producer in the world, ahead of France. Italy is divided into three climatic areas. The northern mountains experience a fairly harsh mountain climate. The “middle of the boot” plain is the domain of the continental climate with cold winters and hot, stormy summers. In the "southern part of the Italian boot" the Mediterranean climate reigns with very hot and very dry summers without forgetting the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. In summary, Italy produces wines of great variety thanks to its 200 different grape varieties, many of which originate from their lands. It is a country just as complex as its wines which deserve to be explored!

Abruzzo

The geographical composition of Abruzzo is quite remarkable. It is a mountainous and rugged region with a long coastline. Its lush green landscape is dotted with national parks and forests. Abruzzo is ideally located between the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Apennine mountain range and the Maiella massif to the west.

It is therefore not surprising that Abruzzo is an ideal haven for viticulture. The vines thrive there thanks to the terroir, the abundance of sunshine, the generosity of rainfall and the variability of the climate. On the coast it is hot and dry and inland it is more continental (hot in summer and cold in winter).

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