From the Wine Shop
Bio Vio, Riviera Ligure di Ponente Rossese “U Bastiò” Liguria, Italy 2017 (750mL)
“The diversity of grape varieties in Italy is truly unparalleled—which doesn’t mean you need to know them all. But ask any Italian wine expert which ‘under-the-radar’ reds to keep an eye on, and it’s all but guaranteed that Liguria’s Rossese will be on that list.”
In western Liguria, not far from Italy’s border with France, Giobatta Vio and family farm their Rossese grapes organically and get this floral, spicy, invigorating red across the world and onto our tables for just $25. It’s incredible, but in a place like Albenga, the coastal town the Vios call home, it’s all in a day’s work. The Vios grow not just Vermentino, Pigato and Rossese grapes but Taggiasca olives for oil and an assortment of fragrant herbs down on the plains around Albenga. The Rossese (roh-SAY-zay) grape, most famously grown around the town of Dolceacqua a little further west, genetically linked to the Tibouren grape of southern France’s Var region, is characterized by its light color—kind of a dusty rose/crimson with hints of ruby—and soft, juicy texture. It is very lightweight and wonderfully refreshing, with almost non-existent tannins and acidity that comes off as juicy and bright rather than sharp. There’s lots of floral notes as well: roses, violets, and aromatic wild herbs are all part of the package. An irresistible light red that's even better with a chill!
- Sub-RegionAlbenga—Riviera Ligure di Ponente
- SoilSchist, Limestone, Quartz
- FarmingOrganic & Biodynamic
- BlendRossese 100%
- Temp.Serve at 60° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stems
- Decanting15 Minutes
- PairingTuna 'au Poivre'