Donnas is a small town in the Valle d’Aosta region in northwest Italy. Valle d’Aosta is bordered by France on the west, Switzerland to the north, and Piemonte to the south and east. Caves de Donnas produces red, white, and rose wines with grapes harvested from the local cooperative vineyards.
The 2011 Caves de Donnas Larmes du Paradis Rose was 100% Nebbiolo. The label listed ABV was 12.5%. The wine’s classification was DOC.
During the summer of 2011, I tasted a few superb Italian Rosati. My first tasting this year did not fare well with the 2011 Librandi Ciro. Basil T’s, a local restaurant, has several people who are quite knowledgeable in the area of Rosati. They recommended I try the Caves de Donnas and two others (posts coming up shortly).
After my tasting with Librandi, I was unsure how this one would go.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The nose was very expressive. Citrus, red fruit, especially strawberry, and apricot all came through. There was also a hint of minerality from the terroir of the Nebbiolo.
The palate found red berries and apple. The feel was very light and crisp. There was no sweetness at all. It was simple, but clean. This was a very refreshing glass of wine.
This tasting was similar to the Rosati I enjoyed last year. This wine is perfect for the summer. It will go great at the beach. It is light in body and alcohol, and very easy to drink, especially in the heat. It will go well with light fare. Think sushi, salads, light appetizers, even roasted chicken dishes. Keep in mind, you should drink these wines young.
The 2011 Caves Cooperatives de Donnas Larmes du Paradis retails around $17. It is a great buy at that price. Now, I need to find some more of these. If you are thinking of tasting some rose this summer, I strongly recommend you give this one a try.