La Bambina Nero d'Avola Rosato Menfi, Sicily, wild berries, savory, fresh
The wine glides clean over the plate with easy freshness and leaves small berry nuances on the close.
Marilena Barbera is a writer/cook/traveler and winemaker who returned home to the ancient Greek outpost of coastal Menfi in southwestern Sicily. Surrounded by a rich archaeological history, natural beauty, and Mediterranean-influenced terroir, Marlena makes totally natural wine from Grillo, Catarratto, Perricone, Catanese, Alicante, Frappato, and Nero d’Avola. La Bambina (the baby) rosé is her first attempt at making a rosato from a tannic grape like Nero d'Avola, but a new vineyard (La Costa) planted on the right soil (in this case calcareous), plus destemming, make this a refreshing, versatile wine. With the help of her mother, Marilena nervously delivered her first rosé successfully.
Flavor Profile: Medium-bodied, dry. Bambina is a vin gris of Nero d'Avola pressed directly with no skin contact, yielding a rosy-orange color and nose of flowers, tropical melon, and berries. Strawberry, watermelon, and minerals on the palate and crisp yet lush finish.