2016 Rosso Fresco – Long Island AVA

A new vintage of Rosso Fresco is out and we are stoked!  So we open the bottle, pour a glass...swirl, sniff, taste...and jot down, "Fun, Fresh, Delish and darn good!" These are the first words out when writing the notes about our new 2016 vintage of Rosso Fresco and have been for years. Rosso Fresco is an easy-going red blend whose varieties and proportions change with each vintage. The 2016 version is comprised of 33% Dornfelder, 27% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 6% Refosco and 6% Petit Verdot. There are high-toned aromas and flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, red plum, red current, spice and earth  This dry red wine is medium bodied, has moderate (12%) alcohol, balanced acid, very soft, silky tannins and a juicy persistent finish. Rosso Fresco is a playful, full-flavored, fun, friendly red wine that pairs well with pastas and just about any fish, fowl or four-legged food you serve with it. The 2016 Rosso Fresco has a Long Island AVA and is made from hand-harvested grapes from both the North and the South forks... All the grapes were de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand. Our 2016 Rosso Fresco was fermented wild/ambiently, was not fined and filtered once. The wine spent eight months in all older oak barrels before bottling. Our 2016 Rosso Fresco is a very versatile red wine and will bring you year-round pleasure. The wine was handled minimally and bottled by gravity on May 17th 2017. Enjoy our 2016 Rosso Fresco at cellar temperature over the next two to four years. We bottled 398 cases of this yummy wine. (Last year's vintage of Rosso Fresco was recently featured by Eric Asimov in the New York Times list of 20 wines under $20.) 12 bottle max per customer.