Erik Banti Spineto Sparkling Rosé Brut, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
90 Points, Daniele Cernilli, "La Guida Essenziale dei vini Italiani”
Pouring a luminous, soft pink, this wine boasts a delicate, persistent sparkle. The aroma is a captivating blend of roses, white flowers, and tropical fruits, harmonizing beautifully with its vibrant acidity. The experience culminates in a velvety, yet refreshingly crisp finish.
This is a sparkling wine that captures the essence of the sea’s influence and mountain rains. The Sangiovese grape, locally known as “Morellino”, takes the lead, constituting 80% of the vineyards in the region. Erik Banti’s commitment to natural ripening is evident in the vineyards. Rejecting artificial irrigation, the grapes are nurtured to maintain their integrity. Manual harvesting ensures the essence of the fruit is preserved. Every step, from fermentation to bottling, is meticulously executed, capturing the legacy of Erik Banti.
Perfect for starting off a meal, this wine also goes well with substantial dishes like seafood pasta with clams, fish courses, white meats such as chicken, and fresh cheeses like ricotta or mozzarella. Best served at 44°F.
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
Fermentation: With the skins for only 12 hours and then “on white” under thermo-controlled temperature for another 10 days.
4x Erik Banti Spineto Sparkling Rosé Brut, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy Case:
12x Erik Banti Spineto Sparkling Rosé Brut, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
Not for sale on winery website, $420/case MSRP
Erik Banti began his activity as a winemaker in 1981 in Montemerano in a small cellar within the walls of the medieval village and is widely considered the pioneer of Morellino di Scansano. Historically Morellino di Scansano was a charming Italian wine region in southern Tuscany that caught the eye of the Napoleonic army in the 1800’s. As malaria plagued the coasts, Scansano (perched at 500 meters above sea level) remained untouched by the disease. Over time, though, the region faded from the limelight as its Tuscan neighbors took the spotlight. Years later, Erik Banti stepped onto the scene as a pioneering figure with a mission to revive and modernize the region and became a driving force in restoring Scansano’s prominence. Erik Banti’s innovative spirit seamlessly blended modern techniques with cherished traditions, setting a new standard. With passion, enthusiasm, and dedication, he contributed significantly to making this DOC known and appreciated in Italy and then in the world.
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That 90 point note from Daniele Cernilli, La Guida Essenziale dei vini Italiani(?):
“Light and bright rosé colour, abundant and fast perlage. Fragrant and fruity aromas, with hotes of currants, bread crust and light pink grapefruit. Agile, lively, dynamic, savory, medium bodied and very pleasant flavour drinkability.”
Cernilli also says:
“…a simple, fragrant, deliciously drinkable and very enjoyable sparkling wine. Don’t expect a Krug Rosé, of course, but neither is it a wine without personality.”
Another mention from an Italian retailer:
Color: Extremely bright with a pale pink hue.
Perfume: Fine and persistent perlage, complex bouquet with strong floral notes of rose and white flowers.
Taste: With evident notes of tropical fruits linked by a well-pronounced acidity, soft and velvety in the finish.
Pairings: Excellent as an aperitif, it can go well with the whole meal with seafood pasta and fish dishes or light white meats, on fresh cheeses from ricotta to primo sale, even soft goat’s cheese.
Appears to be another direct import from One Vine Wines. It’s on their retail site for $22.99