Rosato Canaiulo, Montenidoli
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Organic

Rosato Canaiulo, Montenidoli - 2020

Item # 36606 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.


Tasting Notes

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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Staff Pick Notes

This has always been one of my favorite rosés and it never fails to bring a smile to my face when it comes back. Alongside Sangiovese and Colorino, Canaiulo is one of the 3 main red grapes of Tuscany. Centuries ago it may have played a bigger role but now is wholly subservient to Sangiovese. So cheers to Montenidoli for showcasing Canaiulo as a rosé. It shines. Now 2 years since this was produced, it is showing beautifully; bright and fresh with a texture and refinement that comes with age.

- JGM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Canaiolo

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...

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Tuscany

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...

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