Librandi is based in the town of Ciro Marina in the Calabria region of Italy. The winery produces a full line of red and white wines as well as olive oil and grappa. While they do harvest some Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Librandi primarily uses a number of lesser-known varietals that are common to the region.
The 2011 Librandi Ciro Rosato was 100% Gaglioppo. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine’s ABV was 13%. Its classification was DOC. There were 30,000 cases of this wine produced.
I had my first taste of Italian Rosati (plural of Rosato) last summer. I quickly became of fan of them. They were not the heavy, sweet, pink wines of years gone by. They were light, crisp, low in alcohol, and very refreshing. I found them to be a perfect drink for the heat of summer.
With the recent increase in temperature, here in the Northeast, I had my first Rosato sampling of the year, the Librandi Ciro Rosato.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The wine was a light cranberry red. It was darker than many other Rosati.
The nose found apple, red berries, and a good deal of minerality.
The first thing that came to mind when I took a sip was “fruity”, almost bordering on sweet (seriously..not after my wonderful “not sweet…crisp, light” intro to Rosato above!). Strawberry and cranberry were noted. The wine was very tart, not what I had been expecting.
The finish found a bit of bitterness.
This wine went from fruity to tart to bitter. It was fairly inconsistent from start to finish.
The 2011 Librandi Rosato retails for about $15. I would not recommend this wine for an introduction to Rosato. If you see it on the shelf, leave it on the shelf, there are better options available.