A symbol of the rich Roman culinary tradition, Pasta all’Amatriciana is a recipe with full and intense flavors. The dish originated in Amatrice, a town in the province of Rieti in northern Lazio. It’s prepared with simple and genuine ingredients- tomato sauce, guanciale, and pecorino cheese; and it’s served with either long pasta, most usually bucatini, or short pasta such as rigatoni. But, which wines best pair with these intense flavors, blending perfectly – not to be either overwhelmed by or clash with the strong flavors? Authoritative expert, Luca Maroni, opts for three fine rosés.
Balè Rosé 2018 Colline San Biagio
A delicate blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes, Balè Rosato 2018 Colline San Biagio best embodies the characteristics of freshness and candor typical of a rosé. Bright pink in color, the nose expresses floral notes of rose and wisteria perfectly matched to fruity notes of strawberry and cherry. On the palate it is fresh and lively, with good sapidity and long persistence.
Lumare Rosé 2018 Tenute Luzzolini
A pearl of Calabria, this fresh rosé from Tenuta Luzzolini, made from Gaglioppo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, is a rosé that is aged for three months in French oak barrels and then for two in the bottle. It has a lovely salmon pink color with cherry highlights, a delicate, floral bouquet with hints of spices, and a smooth, harmonious, lively taste.
Merlot Rosé 2018 Tenuta Ulisse
“This wine is like a flower today. It’s pulpy and infused with violet, strawberry and raspberry notes. Nothing clouds its radiant and woody aroma. It’s as if a rare and spontaneous oenological transformation occurred – the fruit, perfect in health and native glow, had only to be distilled into the essence of perfume by its fermentation,” so Luca Maroni describes the 2018 Merlot Rosato from Tenuta Ulisse in his Yearbook. This rosé is classified with 99 points and obtained from 100% Merlot grapes. “Pure sublimation, a reflection of its chlorophyllous, natural perfection. And the purest testimony is: that which it appears to be in sensation, grapey pleasantness so universal, is matched with the apex of methodological techniques the human winemaking process can obtain. It’s firmly among the best that Italy is able to offer for wine grapes.”