Last week in this column I wrote about a nifty new wine discovery from Italy called Casanova di Neri IrROSSO. This week, I’m turning my attention to another really great Italian wine. This one is a Rosé: Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello 2018 ($21.99).
Masseria Li Veli is a winery in Italy’s Apulia region, founded and operated since 1999 by the Falvo family. They’ve launched a new project called ASKOS, a series of which this Rosé wine is a part of.
They explain it like this: “ASKOS is the name of our project of rediscovery and selection of ancient Apulian grape varieties that are almost disappearing. Wines are produced by using exclusively these indigenous varietals, cultivated in their most suitable terroirs according to the traditional method. We have chosen a Greek “Askos” (=wine jar) as a symbol of the winemaking, a practice that in Puglia was started by the ancient Greeks.”
My wife first discovered this lovely wine – she’s a huge fan of Rosé. Susumaniello refers to the ancient red grape varietal that’s found only in Apulia and is used to produce both red and Rosé wines. Susumaniello is most comparable, in my opinion, to Sangiovese.
This is an elegant Rosé with bright strawberry flavors and just enough acidity to make it a versatile wine to pair with a wide range of foods. Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello might just wind up being our go-to picnic wine for this coming spring and summer.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.