Among Villa Antinori’s stable of wineries, the one in Bolgheri has produced some stunning wines. On the western seaside coast of Livorno (think the Pisa environs), the reds of Guado al Tasso are delicious examples of using non-native varietals to produce splendor. They also make a rosé using a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Those of you who think of rosés as soft and candied need to try this for a very different experience.
2011 Scalabrone, Bolgheri Rosato, Tenuta Guado Al Tasso $18 srp
Bright cranberry color. A bold, overt nose of dried cherry and wild strawberry with nut-like overtones. Brisk, takes you aback dryness and energy on the palate; the cherry fruit drives towards a crackling and slightly bitter finish. (It’s like the Campari of wine if that makes any sense.)
Alive and bursting with character, it’s a grown up rosé to accompany all manner of grilled foods or a seafood risotto. Drink now-2015.