Liguria is a rugged, hilly region that sits just along the coast of Northwest Italy, home to the famous Cinque Terre. We’ve been especially enchanted by several reds made from the rare and beautiful Rossese di Dolceaqua grape. Rossese can wear many hats, but think of it somewhere on the spectrum between Gamay, Syrah and the Alpine reds of France and Italy. It has all the bright fruits of Gamay, the spice, structure and terroir transparency of Syrah and the appealing herbaceous expression and minerality of great Alpine wines.
Giovanna Maccario is in charge of the Maccario Dringenberg estate today, where Rossese takes center stage. She and her husband Goetz Dringenberg work their old vines (some are 120+ years old) in the ancient albarello/bush trained system in order to protect the vines from the often extreme conditions of the area. Tractors are not an option in this steep terrain, so all the work is done by hand. All of the Dringenberg wines are vinified in steel tanks to maintain the unique aromatic expression of this captivating variety. This is a juicy and charming version that drinks beautifully right out of the gate and perfect for roast chicken, grilled vegetables etc.
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