2021 Nusserhof Heinrich Mayr Lagrein Rosato 'Kretzer', Sudtirol, Alto Adige Italy
100% Lagrein. From the Mayrs' 40-to-90-year-old Lagrein vines around the winery. The grapes are farmed organically and harvested by hand. The rosato is a 50/50 combination of direct-press and saignée juice, fermented in tank with a pied de cuve made with native yeasts and aged in 20-hectoliter oak botti for at least a year before release (so the vintage is always one behind most of the rosé market). It is deeply colored, full-bodied, soft and spicy, with dark-cherry-cranberry fruit and a mineral spine, drinking more like a light red than most rosé wines.