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 Almondo family has cultivated vineyards and orchards in Roero for hundreds of years, but Domenico and his father, Giovanni, were the first to estate bottle their production in the early 1980’s (their first vintage in 1981 totaled 1500 bottles). Since then, the estate has acquired some of the most expressive parcels of vineyard land around the tiny town of Montà d’Alba - nearly fifteen combined hectares of Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Brachetto. Along with his sons Federico and Stefano, Domenico’s meticulous vineyard work and sensitive approach in the cellar make it no surprise that the Almondo family is considered the single best producer in Roero.