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The Sold-Out Pink Tuscan Rhino Returns — Sangiovese-Based Rosé with Barolo Pedigree
June 9, 2020

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay! The Perfect Crisp Rosato for Summer Has Returned! The Pink Tuscan Rhino, Sangiovese-Based Rosé with Barolo Pedigree Is Now Back In Stock with Some Good Company!

Italian Wine Merchants' most popular rosé has returned just in time for the warm weather. Our first 600 bottles of the La Spinetta Rosé SOLD OUT in a month, not even making it through May. We are proud to say we have just secured a new allocation, and it arrives tomorrow.

At IWM, it’s not about which rosé wines we carry; it’s about which rosé we do not. Too many retailers rush to fill their shelves with pink plonk, but we taste before we purchase because the Rosé category is abused too often. With the sun beginning to shine regularly and the thermometer consistently over the 70 degree mark, it’s time to shed the dark colors 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.

Please note, this is a small production rosé and it will be gone before July 4th arrives, so plan accordingly! We are including it alongside our favorite casual summertime bubbly Rosé from Fantinel. There is no better way to enjoy the outdoors with good company than this Rosé duo.

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 close to 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 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!

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.

Additional Notes and Reviews:

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, this Rosé 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 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."

Eric Guido, Vinous: "Spinetta’s 2019 Il Rosé di Casanova is stunning in the glass, wafting up with a seductive bouquet, mixing lime and ripe melon with crushed strawberries. It floods the palate with spicy red fruits, complemented by juicy citrus and brisk acids, which keep the expression wonderfully fresh. The finish is long, as an air of minerals and fresh florals hover above salty minerals which beg you to take another sip."

Italian Wine Merchants: “Crisp red fruits, zippy citrus, and juicy orchard fruits mingle with notes of brioche, spices, subtle minerality, and a touch of jam in the immediately appealing One & Only Rosé. Generous mousse tickles the palate, while lively minerality and elegant acidity propel this food-friendly wine to a satisfying, refreshing finish. A blend of 90% Pinot Nero and 10% Chardonnay, the grapes for this cru Spumante are hand-harvested; after the first fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, this wine enjoys a 150-day second fermentation with natural yeasts in the Charmat method before bottling. It is the perfect bottle of casual bubbles for a summer day with friends and good conversation.”

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All my best,