"There are several ways to make rosé, and while it seems instinctive, mixing wines from red and white grapes is not very common. This rare Sicilian blend is a notable exception, made with 80 percent Zibibbo and 20 percent Syrah, and produced by combining the unfermented musts from the different varieties after they are pressed. Zibibbo is Sicily’s local name for the grape more widely known as Muscat of Alexandria in the extremely aromatic Muscat family of grapes. The fragrant nature of Zibibbo makes this a beautifully perfumed rosé with aromas of rose petals, basil, lemon zest, and honeysuckle. On the palate, the wine hits you with juicy citrus, peaches, and melon. The fresh fruit and herb notes conjure images of sipping rosé in an Italian grandmother’s backyard garden — and who wouldn’t want that?"
- Keith Beavers