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Elegant but at the same time deeply material. Difficult to frame in the classic schemes of purity. Rosario is a frontier wine that reveals energy and sensuality from the first to the last sip.
The soul of Trebbiano and Malvasia meets 1/4 of the best Nero Buono in direct pressing. They unite, they influence each other, they find strength in intermingling. They ferment together, spontaneously, in fiberglass, giving unexpected acidity, elegance, fruit and depth. There is the vineyard and there is the volcano but there is also something elusive; the salt and balsamic of Mediterranean herbs.
Rosario is a hymn to freedom and letting go, it combines strength and refinement, a territorial heart and originality. Rosario is the new, half-caste rosé of the Castelli Romani!
In 2019 a band of four friends - Rocco, Fabio, Luca & Gianmarco - founded I CA RO (an acronym standing for i Castelli Romani) . The collective group are childhood friends, born and raised in central Rome. After working in the blossoming enoteca scene and with several small natural winemakers around Italy, they decided it was time they went to work creating a new vision of Roman wine, from the volcanic soils of the Castelli Romani just south of the city.
The wines they have set out to create embody the new, modern vision of what Roman wine culture and local terroir has to offer. They intend to change the game and shake things up, working with native grapes of course but also using a variety of vinification methods that are a combination of old-farmer wisdom and modern know-how.
The cantina is located in the village of Velletri, just south of Rome (a town you should know as it is home to our other rising star in the region, Colleformica). The tiny vineyard parcels (just 3 hectares at this point) overlook the Lago di Nemi, one of the several volcanic crater lakes that form the impressive terroir that is the Castelli Romani. The land is owned by two young friends of the winemaking gang, Paola and Luca, and they work together using biodynamic and organic practices.
In the cellar the wines come alive! Natural fermentation, scant usage of sulfur and a variety of vinification methods are employed: whole cluster, co-fermentation, clay anfora aging, etc. The resulting wines are vibrant, fresh and alive all while being exceptionally clean and balanced...wines we all want to drink with friends!
Denny & Katie
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop and tiny bar, focused on small production wines and conservas. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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