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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Pojer & Sandri 2013 Vin dei Molino Rosato

Posted on | April 5, 2016 | Written by Sean Collins | No Comments

WH1606-2Spring has come, but last weekend’s weather didn’t seem to get the memo.  I couldn’t decide if the weather called for a red or a white, so I went with something with the qualities of both. With the dark berry color of a red and the easy drinkability of a white, Pojer & Sandri 2013 Vin dei Molino Rosato seemed like my best bet. Being from the multicultural region Trentino Alto-Adige, this rosato derives from the admittedly not very Italian-sounding Rotberger grape. However, once you see Trentino Alto-Adige on a map, the name begins to make sense. This Italian region is a unique cultural nexus that borrows language, style and traditions from its Swiss and Austrian neighbors. Not surprisingly, this Alto-Adige rosé is influenced by its interesting background, which gives it characteristics unlike just about any wine I’ve ever tasted. It’s certainly something worth trying, especially given the $23 price tag.

Since 1975, longtime friends Mario Pojer and Fiorentino Sandri have been cultivating excellent grapes from the mountainous Trentino Alto-Adige. Back when they started, the friendly duo, armed only with youthful optimism and winemaking know-how, set out to show that their hometown of Faedo could produce high quality wine. Aided by an Italian wine craze in the 1970s, their vineyard proved successful, and its wines became known for their uniqueness and aromatics. Fast-forward to 2013 and Pojer & Sandri’s Rosato is no exception; it combines the refreshing qualities of a white with the dryness and satisfaction of a red. Though certainly more red-like, this wine has mass appeal for both white and red lovers, making it an ideal any-time wine for entertaining guests or just relaxing at home.

The light and approachable Vin dei Molino Rosato would go great with any light meal, but I enjoyed it with bread and assorted cheeses. This rosé has a red wine’s elegance and acidity, but it finishes with a fun, lively fruity tang that’s reminiscent of a white. The ’13 Vin Dei Molino Rosato appears darker than most rosé wines, though it’s still smooth and easy on the palate. The nose is filled with rich berries and flowers, and the finish leaves you with black currants, almond, and a hint of spice. Best of all, its flexibility is perfect for dealing with the ups and downs of this month’s weather until spring really arrives.

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