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(2020) From the famouse Barone Ricasoli of Chianti, this IGT Toscana rosé is blended from Sangiovese and Merlot, and is an absolute dead ringer for a Provence pink, from the attractive, plump bottle to the pale colour and dry, herb and red fruit aromas. It is very different from the Cantele rosé tasted alongside, with a very light the palate, perhaps the fine lemony acidity would benefit from just a little more fruity substance lying over it, but it finishes with a nice tang of cranberry or rasberry and has the savoury credentials to make a very good food wine, maybe with a prawn pasta or risotto.
(2016) A delicate salmon to more vivid pink, this is a really pretty blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Barone Ricasole's Tuscan vineyards. It has plenty of spark and life about it, the crispness and bright fruitiness enhanced by the refined, but decisive acid core. Most enjoyable and versatile, from garden sipping to fish and seafood matching. Roberts & Speight have 50p off at time of review.
(2013) 13.5%, Screwcap. Now rosé from a famous Chianti producer is not something we see every day. This is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese, and has a delicate, bright pink colour. Aromas too are very delicate, a touch of watermelon and pomegranate, light cherryish scents. On the palate the sweet ripeness of the fruit comes through convincingly, lots of berry fruited sweet attack, before a big, dry and citrussy finish.
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