About Rosé Wine from Italy

About Rosé Wine from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Rosé Wine

Luna Nuda 2021  Alto Adige
93 points
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of tart red cherry, under ripe raspberry, and cranberry with a full body and a long sweet vine ripened tomato, berry fruit reduction, and sour plum finish. A crisp and refreshing aperitif to accompany almost any Mediterranean meal.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2019 Dry Rosé Wine Terre di Chieti IGT
92 points
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Herbal aromas and flavors of exotically spicy cranberry tart, lavender and thyme satchel, white vermouth, and rooibos with a supple, vibrant, medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish imparting overtones of pickled cherries, wild strawberry granita, and herbal tea. A wonderfully herbal, savory and umami-forward Rosé that will crush it at the table.
Awards: 2020 World Value Wine Challenge - Best Value Italian Regional Rose Exceptional Value
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
ROCENO 2019 Rosè Nerello Mascalese
89 points
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream and thyme with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length finish that shows notes of raspberry crumble and hints of apricot with no oak flavor. A simple but bright and crushable Rosé that refreshes.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Il Duca NV Sparkling Rosé White Moscato
88 points
Best Buy
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach, guava and passionfruit, and mint leaf with an finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long finish with impressions of peach and raspberry candies, fruit punch, pineapple, and lemon sorbet. Light and refreshing, with ripe peach leaping from the glass and a touch of herbal notes to give the palate complexity.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2021 Dry Rosé Terre de Chieti IGT
86 points
Pale salmon orange color. Savory aromas and flavors of cherry-rhubarb herb bread, charcuterie, and hint of campfire smoke with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length finish that exhibits impressions of spiced apple, white strawberry, and lemon spritzed melon rind. A crisp and savory rose well-suited for a meat and cheese board.
Cielo 2021 Rosé Veneto IGP
86 points
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, bay leaf, and thyme with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that shows elements of lingonberry and cream with no oak flavor. A fruity, widely-appealing Rose with tasty herbal nuances.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Gancia NV Moscato Rosé Italy
86 points
Best Buy
Light amber salmon color. Aromas of red cherry, white cherry, and clover honey with a soft, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length strawberry hard candy, canned peach, sun tea, persimmons, and mango finish with no oak flavor. A bright and berry-forward Moscato for brunch or dessert pairing.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Risata NV Pink Moscato Italy
86 points
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of peach candies, honey, lilac blossom, and lemon candies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet medium body and a sleek, rapid finish. A juicy, sweet, slightly floral sparkler for joyous occasions.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2019 Rosé Terre di Chieti
84 points
Salmon orange color. Confected aromas and flavors of watermelon candy, mango slushie, peach gummies, and honeycrisp apples with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Rosé that will be a real crowd pleaser.
84 points $16.99