LA BAMBINA

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC
  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • ROSATO MENFI DOC

    La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem solving despite difficulties and complications.

    It's the wine that I made against all advises that there was no future for such a rosé in the market and beyond expectation, at the winery and outside.

    It is a pleasant expression of Nero d’Avola, which grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshest aromas, and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir.

  • I have been thinking about making a rosé since when I started making wine.
    I wanted it to be single varietal, and also wanted it to show all the character and the freshness of Nero d’Avola Sicilian native grapes, but our older vineyard, planted on a clay soil, gave us too tannic and concentrated fruit that was not suitable for the wine I had in mind.

    Then, in 2007, I had the chance to plant a new vineyard.
    When my mother and I selected the site, in an area that we call "La Costa", a calcareous soil was just what we needed to supply sufficient minerals to the vines, that would lead to a higher level of natural acidity and to finer, subtler aromas.
    The vintage 2008 brought us just a few grapes: I preferred not to harvest, to let the vines grow stronger and develop an adequate root system. But from what I could see, after tasting the first small berries, those new vines bore very promising crops.

    The first vintage finally came in 2009.
    A pre-dawn harvest was performed by hand on September 12th: 30 quintals were picked in one hectare, meaning that each vine produced only 2 clusters of small, sound, beautiful grapes that soon turned out in a fresh, crisp, beautiful rosé!
  • After the rosé was ready to taste, my main problem was to find it a name that would represent both the joy and the anxiety of making a new wine that meant so much to me.

    Mum wanted to give it the name of the vineyard, which is actually called “La Costa”. Costa delle Rose and Costa della Cerasa were on the list, as well as Rosato della Costa, Nicuzza (a Sicilian word that means Baby), or simply Rosato.

    Then, in February 2009, I was attending a tasting in Colorado with my importer and some people from the distributor’s staff, and I told them the story of how Baby Rose was born, and how, during the winemaking, I had felt like a mother waiting for her newborn baby.
    So simple, and such a perfect name… La Bambina, everybody voted for it!

    Year after year my Baby Rose has grown up, exactly like the vineyard where she comes from: she has become more and more intense, juicy and delicious, and every year she keeps on giving us beautiful moments that we love to share with friends and our loved ones.

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  • La Bambina is a very versatile wine: just perfect on a warm summer night, or during a wine party with your best friends. It's a great aperitivo with peanuts and dried pistachios, and a good companion for the whole meal with rice salads, grilled vegetables, soft cheeses and fish.
    My favorite combination is with red tuna-fish sushi, where the savory taste of the spicy wasabi sauce perfectly marries the smooth, juicy texture of the wine.

    La Bambina gives also a fantastic allure to your night-club style parties: try four different versions of classic cocktails, and all of them are very easy to prepare, check the recipes here.

    SERVING TEMPERATURE: 46 - 50 °F
    Pour your glass of Bambina in classic white wine glasses, at fresh-but-not-chilled temperature: freezing a wine bottle is never a good idea, especially if you are drinking a natural wine, because ice-cold temperatures may cause tartaric precipitations that are not nice to see in your glass.
    An easy tip to quickly refrigerate your wine? A champagne bucket, lots of ice cubes and 15 minutes of patience.
  • The vineyard was planted in 2007 in the Eastern part of Belicello, where gentle slopes are made of a calcareus terrain rich of clay and limestones that anciently belonged to the sea bottom.
    It's a deep soil of medium texture and a good drainage that shows a yellowish color with lighter fractions. Its amazing content in sea minerals grants the grapes a pleasant complexity, a good structure and full aromatic development.
    The micro-climate here is very fortunate: dominant breezes blow from South and West, ensuring a low degree of humidity, especially in the Eastern part of the vineyard, and the sea brine protects the grapes from any dangerous mildew.

    Nero d'Avola grapes usually get ripe about the first week of September. I usually pick a few days in advance, to preserve fresher and more delicate aromas, which are a distinctive feature of La Bambina rosé wine.
    Immediately brought to the winery, the grapes are destemmed as fast as possible and the berries are softly pressed with no skin contact: light color and freshness are preserved by decanting the must in stainless steel tanks, and the fermentation starts from a pied-de-cuve of wild yeast.
    The wine is then refined sur lie for a few months: the lees are manually stirred every week, in order to reach a satisfying degree of proteic stability with no additives nor fining agents.

  • Harvest 2017: Wine Enthusiast 86/100
    Harvest 2015: Wine Advocate 87/100
    Harvest 2014: Vini Buoni d'Italia Corona
    Harvest 2013: Wine Enthusiast 89/100, Vini Buoni d'Italia Golden Star
    Harvest 2010: Wine Enthusiast 86/100, Gambero Rosso 2 Bicchieri
    Harvest 2009: Wine Enthusiast 86/100, Gambero Rosso Oscar Qualità Prezzo e 2 Bicchieri

    THE COMMENT OF...
    Keinr O'Keefe, on Wine Enthusiast: La Bambina MENFI DOC
    Made entirely with Nero d'Avola, this wine opens with aromas that recall ripe berry, baking spice and crushed wild flower. The bright savory palate offers raspberry, strawberry, cherry and cinnamon alongside zesty acidity. Delicious and refreshing, it ends on a note of anise.
    • grape variety: nero d'avola
    • soil: calcareous, rich in lime stones
    • vineyard's age: 10 years
    • winemaking technique: vin gris (no skin contact, soft pressing)
    • fermentation: wild yeast
    • refining: stainless steel tanks
    • average production: 7.000 bottles/year


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