Cantine Elvio Tintero Rosato 2016
Cantine Elvio Tintero Rosato 2016 | Bottle Price: $12.99 | Case Price: $140.29
Back in 1900 A wandering Frenchman named Pierre Tintero was looking for work around Piedmont, in Northern Italy. He ran into Rosina Cortese, a local winemaker who needed help tending her vineyard. A love blossomed, they married, and an estate was born. Tintero is now under the watchful eye of the fourth generation of Tintero’s who continue to produce fresh, spritely wines including this month’s Rosato. Made of predominantly Barbera (90%), with some Moscato (5%) and Favorita (5%). The Moscato is made in the Frizzante style, which adds just the faintest amount of spritz to the wine.
A wave of luscious complexity greets the nose, with notes of wild strawberry, watermelon and floral hints of red rose. The depth of this wine continues on the palate, with tart strawberry, perfumed candy and a delicate note of green almond. There is more than enough juicy acidity to round out the faint bitterness on the finish. This wine is soft, super refreshing and packed with flavor. This Rosato would be a versatile wine to pair with a number of dishes including grilled vegetables, calabrian chili sausage, or even a fresh shrimp salad. We like to partner it up with Chipotle-Lime Grilled Cauliflower.
Cantine Elvio Tintero is nestled in the hills of Piedmont, in the Northwest corner of the boot, between Genoa and Turin. While they produce a number of traditional varietals including Barbera, Nebbiolo and Arneis, they first had success in the early 1900s with Dolcetto. In fact, during the first World War Elvio and Rosina were so worried about troops ransacking their home, they hid cases of their prized Dolcetto between the walls — only to be discovered years later by their grandson.