The Villa Saletta Rosé (Rosato Italiano) is a smooth, drinkable blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The grapes were carefully selected by hand and de-stemmed, then are pressed to have a period of brief low temperature skin contact, just eight to 12 hours. This creates a must rich in aromatic precursors; after pressing, the must is placed in stainless steel fermentation tanks and held there for six months at a steady temperature of 61° F (16° C).
After the fermentation process, the lots were assembled and then bottled. The label’s design boasts the chiave – the Italian word for ‘key’ – and is taken directly from the Riccardi family crest. The affluent owners of Villa Saletta between the 12th and 19th centuries, the Riccardi were largely responsible for restoring the estate’s agricultural activities.
The Villa Saletta Rosé is fruity and supple. The meticulous blend boasts a smooth, lively character that lends this wine a cult following among rosé enthusiasts.
Featuring a bright, cherry hue, the Rosé opens with scents of ripe red berries and minerals and ends with a dynamic balance of freshness, fruitiness and acid. It’s ideal as an aperitif and best served chilled between 45-50° F (8-10° C).
25% Cabernet Franc
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clay and marine deposit
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