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The Pink Tuscan Rhino, Sangiovese-Based Rosé with Barolo Pedigree
April 5, 2020

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay – It’s the Perfect Crisp Rosato for Spring! The Pink Tuscan Rhino, Sangiovese-Based Rosé with Barolo Pedigree Is Arriving

It’s not about which Rosé wines we carry; it’s about which Rosé we do not. Too many retailers rush to fill the shelves with pink plunk, but we taste before we purchase because the Rosé category is simply abused too often. With the sun beginning to shine and the thermometer finally heading towards 65 degrees, it’s to shed some of our winter layers and spring into the new season with Rosé! We believe that there is no better way to enjoy the warmer weather than with La Spinetta’s outstanding Il Rosé di Casanova, a little-known gem featuring the Albrecht Durer Rhino on the label. This is small production rosé and it will be gone before the summer months arrive!

La Spinetta, one of Piemonte’s great Barolo estates, also has a terrific Tuscan outpost, and this arm has released its Il Rosé di Casanova only eight times, but the wine is already Tuscany's fastest selling Rosé! One of Barolo's most innovative producers, La Spinetta is helmed by Giorgio Rivetti, who set up the estate’s Tuscan camp nearby Pisa almost two decades ago. Here, the La Spinetta team relies on indigenous Tuscan grapes (Sangiovese and Prugnole Gentile) to produce their exceptional wines. But La Spinetta’s Il Rosé di Casanova that has most people talking, and it’s not just about the captivating label, which comes from a woodcut that Albrecht Dürer created in 1515, part of the permanent collection at the Met in New York City!


Note: wines available to ship late April

There are a few great Italian Rosés that truly stand out — Valentini's age-worthy take from Abruzzo, Biondi Santi’s rare Rosato, Antinori's Super-Tuscan Scalabrone, Cantalupo's Nebbiolo-based Il Memo — but Rivetti's Pink Rhino may just be the country's greatest value. Grab a case in time for the warm weather — you will undoubtedly get people talking about the mystique of the Pink Rhino.


Christopher Deas, IWM: "Each year I say the same thing after tasting this Rosato, forget being transporting to the Mediterranean with a Rosé from Provence or Tavel, La Spinetta’s will take you to the rolling hills of Toscana looking for a plate of pecorino, prosciutto, and melons. A unique blend of Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile, a Sangiovese clone, the 2019 release surpasses the performance over the past six years that we have been following the wine. In 2019 there is a little more of that zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay to the wine – a crisper expression. It’s a Rosé that challenges Provence for value and character! This wine’s historic label, Barolo pedigree, indigenous varietals, pale salmon hue, and superb balance make it a true crowd pleaser. With its captivating nuances, this medium bodied-styled Rosé will convert naysayers. Expect to find delicate touches of tart cherries that stain the palate, along with watermelon, tangerine, herbs, minerality, and great Sangiovese acidity that quietly builds for a long, savory finish. Please note, a mere 4,000 cases are typically produced."