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Sommariva "Il Rosa" Rosato Supmante Brut, Veneto, Italy NV

Sommariva "Il Rosa" Rosato Supmante Brut, Veneto, Italy NV

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FROM KERMIT LYNCH

THE WINE: Enjoying a bottle of wine sometimes seems like a mysterious art form. Temperature, glassware, pairing? To decant or not to decant? Was it aged properly? Were the production methods ethically acceptable? Will today’s atmospheric pressure, biodynamic forces, and planetary alignment allow my wine to shine?

Fortunately, this pink sparkler from Prosecco queen Cinzia Sommariva evades the need for such philosophical musings. Spotlighting the local Raboso grape with an elegant splash of Pinot Nero, it features seductive aromatics, low alcohol, and a piquant dry finish that scream for anytime, anywhere quaffing.

THE PRODUCER: For several generations the Sommariva family worked the vines on the high plains of the Veneto, growing a mix of French and local varietals and selling off most of their crop as was common practice at the time, but it was Caterino Sommariva who pinpointed the slopes as the best place for vines and began purchasing hillside vineyards together with his wife Urbana in the 1970s. The couple also had great faith in the Prosecco varietal (now known by its historical name, Glera) and decided to plant it exclusively on their new property, which gradually grew as they continued to snatch up adjacent parcels over the years. This great foresight put them in a very advantageous position when Prosecco and the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene began to gain recognition in the late ‘80s for the light, clean sparkling wine we know so well today. Caterino and Urbana’s daughter Cinzia remembers watching her parents work and thinking as a child how hopelessly difficult the harvest seemed; so she chose another path in life and pursued studies in marketing. As she got older, though, she regularly returned to the estate and began to see her parents’ work through different eyes, slowly discovering her own passion for the hard work of winemaking. She eventually joined them and has since become a dynamic and enthusiastic partner in the estate.

The name Palazzo Rosso, meaning red building or palace, is a historic epithet for the zone that refers to the russet color of the earth here due to its high content of iron and other micronutrients. Despite Prosecco’s reputation for being light and easy, the Sommarivas take their work very seriously, adhering to eco-friendly practices in the vineyards, harvesting manually, and keeping a very close watch over the vinification process while many of their neighbors settle for easier methods and mediocre wine. These are perfectionists who only sit back once the work is done and it’s time to enjoy the delightfully fresh, elegant fruits of their labor.

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