Grapelive: Wine of the Day May 1, 2016

2015LaSpinettaRose2015 La Spinetta, Il Rose di Casanova, Toscana Rosato, Italy.
The intensely vivid and vibrant La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova is much more serious and crisp than prior vintages, making an already glorious Tuscan pink just that much more interesting and compelling, this Sangiovese 50% and Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone found in Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) 50% is as good as the top Rose offerings from mainland France and Corsica. Crisp and steely with lively red citrus, peach, watermelon, strawberry and rosewater all showing up on the lean and lithe palate, along with a hint of loam, wet stones, tobacco/herb adding charm and savory complexity. This vintage is riveting, less ripely flavored, but much more detailed and seductive, hats off to Giorgio Rivetti for always searching more perfection and terroir, he and Italy seem to have gone happily crazy for Rose in recent years with a number of top efforts now being available with lower alcohol and truly farmed and crafted as dry pinks. I maybe biased, because I love La Spinetta and admire Giorgio, but this seems like the best pink yet from this famed winery and their Tuscan Casanova della Spinetta, drink this beauty over the next year, I know I’ll be joining you!
($22 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive