Many decades ago, back in college, when we wanted to go upscale and move from beer to wine, we many times ordered a classic rose wine. For us that was upscale. We’ve come a long way since then, and now see rose as a summer wine-juice with very little cache. Then we tried Podere Castorani Majolica Cerasuolo. It’s a 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo variety, pink in color, and a perfect light wine. And a great value in the $10-15 range.
The first sense you get of this variety is that of delightful cherries. The aroma and taste hint at black cherries, subtle fruit, and even caramel. Very complex for a rose, and extremely refreshing. This might be the best rose varietal we ever tried and made us long for summer evenings at the shore. The beautiful soft color, the aroma, the subtle flavors, and the clean finish are a joy.
The Castorani vineyard consists of thirty hectares: the cultivated vines are mostly “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo”. There is also “Trebbiano d’Abruzzo”, “Malvasia” and a small area reserved to experimental varieties. The average age of vineyards is over twenty-five years therefore they are very interesting from the oenologic point of view. All the land is cultivated by biological agricultural methods, without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They use only biological and organic fertilizers.
Podere Castorani can brag about a particular partner: Enzo Trulli, father of the formula 1 pilot Jarno Trulli. This provides a remarkable international notoriety to the firm. Furthermore Jarno is the “testimonial” for the Abruzzo region. In fact, he was designated to represent the abruzzese wine in the world at the last “Vinitaly” in Verona. Enzo Trulli, who is proud of a long business experience, takes care of the sales sector of the wine firm.
The firm’s production of wine is usually conferred to a co-operative, but since the year 2000 vintage, the oldest and best exposed vineyards have been selected to vinificate small batches of high quality wine. Too bad their distribution here in the USA is limited for now. If you can find them, enjoy!