Inimitable.  That is what this wine is.  Literally “so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.”  Thank you, Dictionary.com.

This is a local wine, indigenous to the steep terraces of Liguria’s Dolceacqua (literally sweet water), unfortunately too-often overlooked by tourists seeking the beautiful hiking of the Cinque Terre. There the vineyards cling to the vertical rows perched high above the sea, where in a feat of super-human viticulture, they are tended by heroes such as Testalonga’s Antonio  Perrino. 

The result is a wine that speaks entirely of the place from which it comes.  

Wild, herbaceous, saline.

This Rossese from Testalonga smells like the heat of a summer day radiating from the dusty scrub brush along the Pacific coast.  It smells like pine needles, sage, rosemary and hot earth.  Served traditionally with a slight chill, the fruit component is entirely bright cherry, with a lean streak of acidity that lifts the savory notes in the wine to another level.  This is a real food wine- pair it with anything you’d want to eat on a hot summer day.

Liguria at its best- and in your wine glass.

*I tasted this in Portland, at the (also inimitable) Nostrana.  Check it out.

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