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2015 Il Ciliegiolo Rosato
Wine Specs
100% ciliegiolo
Tracy Hills
Vineyard Designation
Mt. Oso
Harvest Date
6.2 g/L
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Feb. 2016), 2 years ageability
Serving Temperature
45º F
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Label Artist
Alex Gross
Alcohol %
Wine Review Online
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2015 Il Ciliegiolo Rosato

February 2016 DEWN Release

Ciliegiolo is a wondrous, important (if largely unknown) grape, of Tuscan origin, and known through DNA research to be a very close relative (either parent or child) of Sangiovese. If I were guessing, I would believe it to be Sangio’s parent; there is a primal Ur-force to the grape – it seems to have arisen from the Age of the Titans (it possesses the most virile, upright growing canes I have ever observed).

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Ciliegiolo is so named for its distinctive, dusky scent of griotte cherries, and is produced as a full-bodied red in the Maremma and as an elegant rosato in Liguria (even slightly salty, possibly due to extreme proximity to the Mediterranean).

Wine Profile
89 POINTS, Wine Review Online: “The wine that intrigued me the most is a new one, the 2015 Il Ciliegiolo Rosato (an Italian grape pronounced, chee lee ay JOE lo). Although I follow Italian wines closely, I have rarely tasted a varietal Ciliegiolo wine in Italy. The grape, in fact, is a fairly minor one, related to Sangiovese and grown mainly in Central Italy where it is usually part of some blend or other. Bonny Doon’s rosé of Ciliegiolo carries the AVA of Tracy Hills with the further designation Mount Oso Vineyards, in western Stanislaus County. In tasting this wine, I knew full well that it was a Californian wine in my glass, and yet Il Ciliegiolo tasted of Italy. Its dryness and its firmness of structure is Italianate, as is its intensity of aromas and flavors, which are expressive but do not dominate the wine’s structure. The wine smells and tastes of cherries above all, with a slight peachy note and a bit of spiciness and, on the finish, a savory mineral expression. Italians would call the wine sapido, savory and mouth-watering. It is characterful and, for a rosé, almost commanding. In color, it is the deepest of the four wines, and could be mistaken for a light red." - Mary Ewing-Mulligan, March 2016
Production Notes
First notion was to make this as a red wine, but improvisationally (read in a mild panic attack), it became quite clear that these grapes really wanted to make a pink wine. A quick press, early bottling, and we were able to preserve a lot of the haunting, primary aromas of this most unusual wine. A wine of the future.
Food Pairing Notes
Think ‘Californian-Italian’ for wine pairings: veggie-lovers pizza, fresh salad with beets and bacon, or simple summer pastas with crushed tomatoes and basil.
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Other Notes
Glistening a brilliant dark strawberry color in the glass, this rose from Bonny Doon Vineyard flaunted muscle, beginning with its intense aromas of tart strawberries and raspberries. Full bodied with lively acidity, the wine boasted flavors of fresh red fruit, sensation of minerality with each sip, and a more than satisfying finish. Rich and bold, try a glass of a chilled Ciliegiolo 2015 with a slice or two of vegetarian pizza for a pairing you’ll love. -Cindy Rynning, Grape Experiences
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