This varietal Primitivo rosé was grown in Salento, in southern Apulia, at about 300 feet above sea level (it’s flat there). San Marzano is a cooperative that started in 1962 when 19 growers decided to pool efforts. Today its 1,200 growers farm 3,500 vineyard acres.
This is a pressed wine, fermented and aged in stainless steel. It’s a deep salmon pink and very fragrant, suggesting ripe honeydew, peaches, roses, and raspberries. The flavors are honeyed, with abundant stone fruit and berry notes, some pineapple, a hint of amaretto, and a long finish of powdery white flowers.
This is a big wine, ample and coating. Pair it with sharp and salty cheeses—aged sheep’s milk, Tomme style, old Gouda—or the charcuterie board. Try it with Prosciutto-wrapped melon, salads sparkled with fruits, and pastas tossed with creamy fresh cheeses. Also great by the glass.
Cantine San Marzano
13% abv | $17 (sample) Imported by Winebow, Inc.