Beverage of the Week (BOW)
San Osvaldo Frizzante Raboso IGP Veneto NV
Raboso is a charming and versatile grape native to and grown in Northeastern Italy primarily in the Veneto region. Raboso is known for its high tannins, and acidity as well as a deep, dark color. It's versatile being used to create deep, age-worthy reds, slightly fizzy off-dry wines (like this one) and it even contributes to dessert wines of the region. This is certainly a wine that defies the standard categorization. It's red and clearly offering tannins while being off-dry and it's sparkling but just slightly so it's not really a sparkling wine. Skip conventions and the urge to put this lovely wine in a box and just drink it!
The origins of the San Osvaldo winery date back to the 1930s. The winery was founded by Baron Lajos Babos, a former admiral of the Austro-Hungarian navy. He settled in the far eastern corner of Veneto on the border with Friuli in Loncon di Annone. In 2004 the Serena family took control of the San Osvaldo winery. They offer a wide range of wines, 23 in all, that are presented in three "collections." The wines are very much a product of their terroir in this temperate climate influenced by the sea, two rivers the Bora and Scirocco winds, and the predominately clay-based soils. We urge you to explore the entire range.
Brilliant, deep ruby color with a medium bead of bubbles. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of red cherry and hibiscus flower with supporting notes of wild strawberries and blood orange. The palate echoes the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of crushed red fruits and mineral. The finish lingers with soft/supple tannins. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a slight bit of fizz and just enough sweetness (balanced by tart fruit) to add body and texture.
How to Serve
Serve chilled with charcuterie — especially spicy salumi. It's also great with pizza or braised pork.
Price: $ 15
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