Drinking under lockdown – Two rosé from Rioja and Emilia-Romagna ~ Wine And Other Stories
Rosés are just as varied as red or white wines. In this article, I discuss two great rosés: Contino Rioja Rosado de CVNE and “Il Mio” Malvasia Rosa de Camillo Donati Exactly one year ago, I published "Five Apulian rosé wines to try". I wanted to spread the news of some excellent rosati wines from […]

Rosés are just as varied as red or white wines. In this article, I discuss two great rosés: Contino Rioja Rosado de CVNE and “Il Mio” Malvasia Rosa de Camillo Donati

Exactly one year ago, I published "Five Apulian rosé wines to try". I wanted to spread the news of some excellent rosati wines from my homeland. Today, I stay true to the summer pink drink (an appreciation that really deserves to go beyond the hottest months of the year) by writing to two other great rosés in my Drinking under confinement series.

In the summer of 2019, the world was in a very different place to what we see now. No one could have imagined that in less than a year there would be such a tornado of global change. In 2019, "pandemic" was a word seen only in dystopian movies. It was rare to see people wearing masks, and people weren't afraid to be physically close to each other. You can travel freely without checking the illness statistics of a planned destination.

Despite all of the recent changes we have been through, some things remain the same. One of these constants is our love of wine. I don't know about you, but I personally find this thought reassuring.

In this article, I will present two exceptional rosé wines: Contino Rioja Rosado by CVNE and "Il Mio" Malvasia Rosa by Camillo Donati. Without further ado, let's dive into the details of these two fantastic specimens.

Contino Rioja Rosado by CVNE

Rioja is probably the best-known Spanish wine region. In 1991, Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) Rioja has become an official appellation. Located on both sides of the Ebro RiverLa Rioja stretches over more than five hundred square kilometers in north-central Spain.

Map of La Rioja wine region

In terms of wine grapes, the Rioja plantations are dominated by black varieties. Tempranillo is the most widespread cultivar, with Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano generally playing a supporting role in the blend.

Even though red is the most common color for Rioja wines, the region also produces fabulous whites (mainly from will live grape) and rosé (from the same grapes as those used for the reds). Rioja Rosado (rosés) are produced in a wide range of styles. From light and fresh (with no wood involved), to more nutty and complex examples - typically involving aging in America Oak. Contino Rosado belongs to the second group.

Contino Rosado is one of the best Spanish rosés I have tried. It is a superb wine elegance and balance. Although endowed with substance and weight, Contino Rosado is not heavy thanks to a piercing high. acidity. More than half of the blend (55%) is made from graciano, arguably the noblest of Rioja grapes. Besides the obvious skills of the winemaker, the predominant use of Graciano in the blend gives this rosé class and character.

Photo by Antonio Capurso - all rights reserved
CVNE - Vinedos del Contino - "Contino" Rioja Rosado, 2017

Country: Spain

Region / appellation: Rioja - Rioja DOCa

Wine style: Dry rosé - Rich and fruity

Grapes): 55% Graciano, 40% Grenache (Grenache), 5% Viura

Average price: £ 25

Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (CVNE) is one of the oldest wine companies in La Rioja. Its history dates back to 1879, when the first CVNE winery was founded in Haro, in the heart of the Rioja region.

Today, CVNE owns 545 hectares of vineyards in the two sub-regions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. Among them is Viñedos del Contino, a 62-hectare estate located in Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa. The Contino property dates back to the 16th century. At that time, the "contino" was the officer in charge of a troop of guards whose sole purpose was to protect the royal family "de contino" (meaning "permanently").

Contino Rosado Rioja is a rosé from a single vineyard. It was aged 9 months in barrels before being released.

Tasting notes

(tasted on: 03-May-2020)

In the glass, the wine has a light ruby ​​and coral color. On the nose, its intensity is medium to pronounced. Elegant fruity notes mark the attack, such as strawberry, cranberry, pink grapefruit and blood orange. Notes of sage and thyme are in the background. A subtle toasting gradually emerges to frame the entire aromatic profile.
On the palate, this rosé is medium to full bodied and surprisingly high in acidity. Juicy and fresh on the palate, it also has substance. Spicy notes of pink grapefruit on the attack. Followed by blood orange, red fruits and a touch of toast and charred wood. The spiciness is really deployed in the middle of the mouth. The finish (medium + to long) perfectly harmonizes the nuances of fruits, herbs and flowers with subtle toasted accents. Precise, balanced, full of character and elegant.

Note on wine and other stories: 9.0 / 10

“Il Mio” Malvasia Rosa by Camillo Donati.

The second wine of my article is another rosé, although in a totally different style! "Il Mio ”Malvasia Rosa come from Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy. You may know this neighborhood for its iconic Lambrusco wines (which are unfairly underestimated). However, the regional wine scene is more varied. For example, it includes wines produced from a grape called malvasia di candia. "Il Mio ”Malvasia Rosa is one of them.

The Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy
The region of Emilia Romagna in northern Italy

In the wine world, the term "malvasia" encompasses a wide range of grape varieties, often unrelated to each other. Some varieties are black skinned, others white skinned. Malvasia di candia belongs to the latter category. The grape is believed to be of Greek origin and it is widespread in the center (Molise, Lazio) and the north (Oltrepò Pavese, Piacenza, Parma) in Italy.

If I had to describe Camillo Donatiof "Il Mio" Malvasia Rosa in a word, it would be funny. It is a jovial and unpretentious wine. I bet a sip will delight even the most grumpy of wine lovers. Its frothy sparks invite the drinker to relax and laugh with friends. At least, that's how I felt when I drank this wine. Or maybe I drank too much then?

Camillo Donati - Il Mio Malvasia Rosa, 2018

Camillo Donati_Il Mio Malvasia RosaCamillo Donati_Il Mio Malvasia Rosa

Country: Italy

Region / appellation: Emilia Romagna - Émilie IGT

Wine style: Sparkling rosé - Fruity and creamy

Grapes): Malvasia di candia aromatica

Average price: £ 18

The Donati estate is a small family business located 20 kilometers from Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The winery was founded in 1930 and is now run by the third generation of winemakers - which includes Camillo Donati. The Donati family uses organic and biodynamic principles in the vineyard. Camillo specializes in low-intervention sparkling wines produced with the “Ancestral” method. This wine-making technique predates the Champagne method and the wine is bottled before the end of fermentation.

Tasting notes

(tasted on: 16-May-2020)

In the glass, the wine has an onion skin tint, with a creamy, sparkling surface. On the nose, it presents a medium intensity of flavors. The wine begins subtle and delicate. It presents red fruits on the attack, white and red cherry, strawberry, lime leaves and a touch of grapefruit. Lovely herbal and flower suggestions evoking the earth can be felt in the background.

In the mouth, the wine is delicately sparkling, jovial and refreshing. Light to medium in body, this rosé is dangerously drinkable (some might call it a “gurgling” wine - whatever that means…). On the attack, we find wild red fruits and orange zest, followed by a floral finish. A very pretty wine. It's unpretentious, fresh, energetic, charming and balanced. There might be a touch of residual sugar, but it's well offset by good acidity.

Note on wine and other stories: 8.8 / 10

The Donati vineyards are located 20 km from Parma - Aerial view of Parma, photo by Carlo Ferrari

Thoughts after

Hope you enjoyed the rosé I featured in this episode of drink under lock and key. These two wines demonstrate how versatile and different rosé can be. Believe me, like red and white wines, there is rosé for every palate and every occasion. Just look for it ...

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