Rosato Canaiulo, Montenidoli
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Rosato Canaiulo, Montenidoli - 2023

Item # 36606 750mL

Canaiulo is an ancient Tuscan red grape that's made into Elisabetta Fagiuoli's sole rosé wine. The Montenidoli estate is literally and figuratively a mountain, located above the historic town of San Gimignano. A great foil for anything from soft cheeses to braised chicken.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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Terroir, fermenting whites on the skins, and farming organically may all be quite trendy now, but Elisabetta Fagiouli, the owner of Montenidoli winery, has been doing these things since the 1960s. Her vineyards outside Chianti are surrounded by forests and have never seen a drop of pesticide in the 6 decades that she's been making wine here. All of the wines she makes are alive and vibrant with an unmistakable purity of fruit. Her rose is one of my favorites, showing a freshness an minerality that is made for summer sipping. Elisabetta has a solution for the political strife that's run rampant: politicians need to stop drinking water and drink more wine. They would do well starting with a bottle of this.




Also called Canaiolo Nero, this black grape is cultivated in Italy, but not as widely as in years past. After the 19th century's phylloxera epidemic, Canaiolo vines proved difficult to graft onto healthy rootstock, so it was grown much less. Today there are still pockets of Canaiolo vineyards throughout Tuscany, and it is an allowed ingredient in Chianti - in fact, in the 18th century it was even more crucial to the character of that beloved blend than Sangiovese.


When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh fruit and herbs, while Chianti Classico Riserva can be dark and brooding. The term “Super Tuscans”...

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