The 2012 Marramiero Dama Cerasuolo d' Abruzzois a really rich rose that should get your attention, Wine Wisdom columnist Roger Gentile says.
Italians use the word cerasuolo (chair-a-sue-oloe) to indicate a wine that is the "color of cherries," meaning a bit deeper in hue than a plain "rosato."
In effect, the winery wants you to know you are getting a fuller bodied pink wine, which means more flavor and saturation.
I can think of no other country that goes to this specificity in its wine labels but wine is important in Italy. The 2012 Marramiero Dama Cerasuolo d' Abruzzo is a great representation of this style of wine, a really rich rosé that should get your attention.
It has all the bells and whistles – estate bottled, a true DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and entirely made with the Montepulciano grape – and stands up to red meats and summer salads.
This cherry red elixir sports a bit of frothiness, surely due to its young age. The aromas are of compote of cherry and raspberry, with ample palate presentation. The little bubbles – frizzante – make it even better, but the flavors and color are the stars here. The winemaker lets the grapes sit with the skins for 24 hours, which explains the deep colors, as well as the long-in-the-mouth flavors.
The wine sells for $12 a bottle. If you are only going to try one rosé this year, try this. If your favorite place doesn't have it, try Bel Vino Wines in Cleveland.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.