90 Points- Wine Spectator
91 Insider Points
"A hint of reduction gives way to smoky cherry, berry and saline flavors. This is rich, but also fresh and bone-dry. Offers fine balance and a long, minerally finish. " -Wine Spectator
The 2013 Rosato from Salcheto is all organic, 100% Sangiovese and completely estate grown, showing a lovely rose color, rustic nose and sweet red fruit on the palate. The wine is still tasting super fresh, even showing some frizzante up front and a bone dry finish. A delicious take on tuscan rose to enjoy now through 2017. - DZ May 2016
Imagine the Tuscan sun in full summer splendor. Now imagine the liquid equivalent. That is wait awaits the taster in this brilliant dry rosé from the heart of Tuscany.
“Readers who haven’t yet discovered Salcheto are missing out on some of the most delicious wines being made in Tuscany today,” writes Antonio Galloni in Vinous. And then there’s a 90-point Wine Spectator review, which notes: “This is rich, but also fresh and bone-dry. Offers fine balance and a long, minerally finish.”
The blend is 90% Sangiovese with a dash of Canaiolo, Mammolo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot sourced from three single vineyards in the Tuscany. All the fruit is 100% organically grown and hand harvested, and the winemaking is about as cutting edge as exists anywhere on the planet. The result is a fascinating, refreshing rosé with the body and muscle of a red wine and the acidity and minerality of a white with an ever so slightly sparkling finish that only adds to the verve and brightness. Gorgeous with food, and designed for drinking on warm, sultry evenings.
Reasons why we love it:
While most rosé wines are designed to drink as close to harvest date as possible and meant to be appreciated for their youth and vibrant fruit, a handful of the world’s dry pink wines age marvelously. This one, like quality Bandol rosé from the south of France and rosé Rioja from Lopez de Heredia, not only holds up to a few years of bottle age, it actually benefits from it.
Three specialized vineyard sources were tapped for this dry, lightly effervescent rosé: Salcheto estate vineyard in Montepulciano, Poggio Piglia in Chiusi and La Bandita in Trequanda. Fermentation and maturation occurred in stainless steel only to keep the fruit as bright as possible, that is, in total absence of oxygen. And the finished wine was bottled “senza filtri” or unfiltered to retain the vivacious fruit to the very point of consumption.
This winery’s commitment to the environment is pretty much unmatched in Italy. At Salcheto sustainable farming methods are employed at all times including non-invasive organic and biodynamic practices. Salcheto also won the “Sustainable Viticulture” award in the 2014 Gambero Rosso guide. As a true trailblazer in the wine industry, Salcheto was the first producer to calculate the exact carbon footprint of a single bottle of their wine—including emissions created in the vineyard as well as at the winery.
With grapes from the estates Salcheto di Poggio Piglia and La Bandita, a Sangiovese base vinified with only grapes, without any additions. A blend of only first choice grapes: in addition to Sangiovese (90%) there’s also Canaiolo, Mammolo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, interpreted through fermentation and aging in steel and unfiltered for an all-fruit experience made even more attractive by the use of only grapes.
Salco means the willow tree in the ancient Tuscan language, an important
plant for wine territories throughout history as its branches were used to
bind and tie vines.
Salcheto is the name of the stream , which springs at the foot of the town of
Montepulciano and winds through a valley where willows abounded. This
stream is the boundary of our organic and biodynamic estate, rooted in the
historic district of Vino Nobile, in the southeast of the Siena province of
The willow tree, a species that we continue to replant at the estate, also
contributes to the winery’s energy independence, is today prominently
represented in our logo as part of our commitment to environmental