Pinetti Notte Rosé Wine

Pinetti Notte Rosé
Sicility, Italy

I don't normally drink or review a lot of  rosé wines.  Not that I don't enjoy them occasionally, but it's just hard to go to the store and see a couple Malbecs or Cabs I haven't tried right next to some pink Moscatos, White Zinfandels, and the like.  It's hard for me to resist trying to dark reds.

But several months back, I went to a rather large wine festival with my wife.  If you've read through this site, you've likely noticed that I've been on a quest to find drinks my wife will enjoy, with varied success.  Fortunately at this wine festival, she realized that she actually likes a few of the pink wines, Moscatos and such.  And with the popularity these pink wines are rapidly gaining, I figure I should start reviewing a few more.
So, that's why we're here looking at the 2010 Pinetti Notte Rosé wine!  This is a blush blend from Sicily Italy.  I don't know a whole lot about it, but I do know Pinetti makes a couple other wines.  I have actually tasted their Zinfandel and will be posting a review of that one soon, as well.

The 2010 Pinetti Notte Rosé smells really quite sweet with prominent strawberries and a nice bouquet of florals.  This leads right into the tasting which is a lot how I was expecting: bright, juicy strawberries, ripe cherries, and a good refreshingly tart, acidic hit of rhubarb with a lingering candied finish.  The label described this as having flavors of strawberries and rhubarb, which hits the nail on the head.

Now this isn't a complex wine, but for a rosé I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.  Yes, it's awfully sweet, but this sweetness is balanced out by the good acidity and tart rhubarb notes.  This keeps it from being cloyingly sweet like many White Zinfandels.  This is on par with several Moscatos I've had in taming the sweetness and keeping it drinkable.

This would pair well with a spinach salad with strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette OR maybe even better, with vanilla bean ice cream. 

Drink This: if you want a decent rosé wine that is sweet without being too sweet.  The rhubarb notes are actually quite tasty and interesting.
Don't Drink This: if you don't like White Zinfandel, Moscato, and whatnot. 



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