Torre dei Beati “Rosa-ae” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2018
Aprutino, Abruzzo, Italy
Rosa-ae Cerasuolo is a full-bodied, ripe pink wine with a medium-rose color. It is made using ½ saignee method Montepulciano, and ½ Montepulciano that was vinified like a white wine. This is Fausto’s logical solution to the seasonal rose conundrum. He says the white vinification method makes a better summer rose, the saignee method creates a fuller, fruity wine that’s better when it’s cold outside. So 50/50: good all year long!
Torre dei Beati’s oldest Montepulciano vineyard was planted in 1972 by Fausto’s father-in-law Rocco. He sold grapes and eventually passed along seven hectares, no equipment and a destroyed old house to his daughter Adrianna Galasso, and Fausto. Those were the original materials of Torre dei Beati. Now the property is 17ha, very close to the mountains (Gran Sasso is in full view) and close to the sea. These are good neighbors: cool air flowing down from the mountain to the sea is excellent circulation, ideal for an organic estate committed to avoiding chemical fungicides.
The elevation of Torre dei Beati’s vines creates significant day/night temperature swings, important for freshness in the wines. You may have noticed that freshness and vibrancy are not universal characteristics of wines from Abruzzo. “Cold air is important to get rid of insects and diseases of the vineyard.” Well, at Fausto’s place in summer, daytime high temps near 30 degrees Celsius can dip to 5 degrees Celsius by the wee hours. Hence the wines have an acid spine and avoid any messy, flabby hot-climate flavors. And pests are kept in check.