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Poggio Anima

2019

‘Raphael’

Rosato   |   Sicilia - Italy

About

Raphael is known as the “patron saint of travelers and ‘happy meetings’.” There are not many wines more fitting to drink while one travels nor to share in happy meetings than a chilled glass of rosé. It is a wine meant to be shared with good company and sharing in the great times that spring and summer so often bring. It is known that Italian rosés (read rosato) are often heavy handed and dark in color. This strays from that summation and brings a touch of the Côte d’Azur to Sicily.

The Zibibbo came from mountainous, seaside perched vines in Castellamare, halfway between Trapani and Palermo and the Syrah from Salemi, 30 miles south of Castellamare. A rainy spring and a milder start to summer saw
temperatures dip below average to start the growing season. Maturation was much slower than usual, and harvest was two weeks later. The Syrah was lighter in color than in the past but with really fresh, bright acidity while the Zibibbo got more hangtime and resulted in more intense aromatics and palate weight.

The grapes were all handpicked: Zibibbo in early-September and early-October for Syrah, harvest was delayed by two to three weeks due to an unusually cool and rainy spring. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank with a blanket of CO2 protecting the must. The Syrah spent a couple of days on skins to extract a fair bit of color. The musts were blended together,
and fermentation was carried out over three weeks.

Stats

  • Grapes: 85% Zibibbo - 15% Syrah
  • Vineyard: Two sites: Hillside overlooking the sea in Castellamare (Zibibbo) and an inland vineyard 30 miles south (Syrah)
  • Vine Age: Average: 31-years-old
  • Soil Type: Varied: Primarily brown clay and limestone
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Inoculated – stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 2 days (Syrah)
  • Aging: 3 months in stainless-steel
  • Total Production: 3,000 cases

Tasting Note

Salmon pink. Spices, flowers and herbs complement red berries on the nose and in the mouth. At once dense and juicy, with the light red fruit flavors and floral notes carrying through on the persistent finish, which features an underbrush nuance. Firm acid holds it all together to make it the perfect glass of rosé.

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