When a bottle of Montemaggiore arrived in the mail last week, I had to do some research. I wasn’t familiar with this Sonoma County winery and wanted to learn a little more about their winemaking practices. Montemaggiore is located in the Dry Creek Valley and is a small, family run winery. The founders, the Ciolino’s, are captivated by the Montemaggiore region of Italy, where high quality, organically grown food and wine abound. All of their farming is sustainable and biodynamic and they reflect their love for Montemaggiore in their wine.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Montemaggiore 2010 Rosé of Syrah is 100% Syrah from Sonoma County. It has 13.7% alcohol and retails for $25. For more information visit www.montemaggiore.com.
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Montemaggiore 2010 Rosé of Syrah pours a bright, translucent ruby color in the glass. The nose has aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and strawberries. This wine has a lively palate packed with tangy citrus flavors. There are also tastes of green apples and strawberries followed with a crisp finish. A refreshing Rosé perfect for a warm, summer day!
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Rosé with prosciutto and melon, a California roll, or gazpacho.