This wine is apparently quite unavailable in much of the USA. I consider myself lucky to have experienced it.
It is deliciously superb!
I bought it at my local wine store, Pairings, in Winchester, Ma. The only reason they have it is that the husband and wife team who own the store travelled to Italy, were lucky enough to get an appointment to visit, tour and lunch with the Bressan family, and bring some of the wines back to the USA to sell in their store. My understanding is that Bressan doesn’t often grant visits to wine writers or reporters. This family takes winemaking seriously. It’s a passion, a tradition passed from father to son. The winery has been in the family for 300 years.
According to my wine shop, Fulvio Bressan studied in Bordeaux, France, with the director of Margaux as his mentor. He told Fulvio that he “must think like a vine” in order to make great wine. Fulvio also spent time in Burgundy. Fulvio will not sell his wine to those who want it for the wrong reasons, such as: because it’s famous or because it’s the right price.
To protect the vines, they use natural types of sulphur and copper that only are on the surface of the leaves. In contrast, most wineries use systemic materials that are absorbed into the plant/vine. The ceiling in the winery is painted (by hand) with products from macerated grapes. Bressan uses indigenous yeast in fermentation. Glass lined cement containers are used instead of barrels for some of his wine. The barrels that are used are cherry, acacia or mulberry barrels.
Here is a snapshot of writing from their website:
“when fine wine finds a top place on your own list of preferences… experiencing Bressan wines, getting to know them, will be an assured source of serenity, as well as a special excuse for rare and gratifying human contact, produced with the aristocratic pride of master vintners…”
Visit http://www.Bressanwines.com for the full story, and it’s quite an adventure. There are some real characters, larger than life here, and they pay attention to details in their making of wine, growing of grapes and everything in between.
The wine I bought is a 2009 and could age another couple of years or drink now. I opened one bottle now and will hold onto the other 2009 Rosantico for a while to see what differences might be observed. The alcohol level is 13% and the grape is Moscato. The bottle’s label describes it as a dry red wine. Mosacoto Rosa, a rare and hard to grow grape, is a female vine and requires pollination from other varieties, which is relatively unusual in viticulture: most varieties used in winemaking are hermaphrodites and are thus self-pollinating. The color is orange, closer to a Rosé than a red wine. It is dry, indeed and not your average idea of a fruit forward Rosé. Other reviews have described it as high tannins, initially undrinkable, but then it grows on you. I found it compelling from the beginning, desiring yet another sip to see what atypical aroma or taste might now appear to impress my senses. I enjoyed it because it’s not typical. It is surprising. Serve it lightly chilled, as you would any Rosé. Flavor is soft, almost like an extremely soft fortified wine, good acidity, long finish, medium body and I didn’t note any tannins. The elegant nuance of rose petals, orange peel, bergamot and Indian spices are unexpected. That’s why I bought it. It’s not your average sweet Moscato. No fruitiness detected, definitely a savory flare. It’s peculiar but enjoyable. I did not pair this wine with any food. This wine is worth a search.