Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore, Altavia, Liguria, Italy 2010

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Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore, Altavia, Liguria, Italy 2010

23.50

"Super-charming" - Jancis Robinson MW

The first point of order on the agenda, ladies and gentlemen, is to decipher the label. Altavia is the name of the producer. Rossese is the grape variety (also known as Tibouren in Provence) and Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore is the appellation. Liguria is the region that hugs the north western coast of Italy as it curves round from the French border to the coast of Tuscany.

Onto the more interesting business of what's in the bottle. It pours a fairly pale colour, but it's not shy in coming forward with its aromas, which evoke wet clay, rain-soaked terracotta and dewy hedgerow fruit. It's wonderfully light and unmistakably Italian. 13% alc. Drink now-2019.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: "Pale greyish ruby. Heady on the nose but featherlight on the palate. Racy and beguiling. Lots of very fine tannin on the end. Super-charming because the fruit is actually quite sweet. Drink now-2019." 16.5 points

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