From Domenico's smallest holding, the Fosso della Rosa has a pale crimson color, like the color of rhubarb stalks, and a nose that unfurls with ripe wild strawberries and fresh roses. On the palate, the wine is unabashedly sweet and refreshing (only 5% alcohol), but not the least bit cloying, with a faint sparkle that contributes to its beautifully textured mouthfeel. As the wine evolves in the glass, ripe cranberry joins the luscious wild strawberry, and the flavors are seasoned with fleeting suggestions of cinnamon and fresh wild spearmint.
About this wine producer: The Almondos have grown grapes in Roero for more than three centuries, but it was Domenico’s father, Giovanni Almondo, who was the first to bottle the wines. There are six hectares of Arneis, the noble white variety of Piemonte, along with four hectares of Nebbiolo for the Roeros, one-and-a-half hectares of Barbera, and a tiny parcel of Brachetto which goes into the classic, slightly sparkling, pale sweet Fosso della Rosa. Giovanni Almondo still works in the vineyards, but day-to-day operations are in the hands of Domenico and his sons, Stefano and Federico, who are all uncompromising perfectionists in the vineyard and in the cellar.