16 Rosso started off as an experiment in wine crafting. 3 winemakers decided to push the boundaries of creating a high abv wine, without any fortification (adding spirit alcohols creating a “fortified wine”) and still retaining the distinctive depth and flavours of a complex wine. 16 Rosso is the end result of that and how very special it is too.
The label requires some explanation. There is no region or appellation stated on the bottle. The wine doesn’t claim any of the statuses of IGP or DOP/DOC/DOCG on the bottle. This is a deliberate action by the producer.
Classifying the wine at the very lowest level “Vino D’Italia” means that the producer doesn’t need to identify the wine region or the grapes used. Legally, only the colour of the wine needs to be stated – “Rosso” which as we mostly know, means red. This is the same approach that is taken by the Italian “Super Tuscan” wines, where not only does the lowest classification of wine allow some secrecy around the creation of the wine, but it also allows massive flexibility in the types of grapes that can be used together.
It’s produced by Botter S.P.A. a producer that we have worked with on a number of great wines over the past few years. Botter has been crafting wines since 1928 and now have a wine portfolio of great quality but pocket-friendly wines. The facts speak for themselves – Botter has averaged 4 shipping containers of wine, every single week to the USA since 2007.
Grape Type: Unspecified Blend – but probably contains some Brunello, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
Soil: We know nothing about the soils that these grapes were grown on.
Weather conditions: We know nothing about the specific weather.
Winemaking / Ageing: We know nothing about the production process or the ageing of this wine. We would guess that there is oak barreling involved due to the complexity of the wine. But this would be a guess.
Tasting: THIS WINE MUST BE DECANTED for at least 60 minutes (more if time permits) to allow it to develop its intense aromas of chocolate, berries, forest fruits and almost a soft hint of coffee in the background. An incredibly well-crafted wine that could be savoured for an hour just trying to identify all of the different flavours and textures that are carried in the silky soft liquid. Medium to heavy body with absolutely zero stickiness from tannins – which is usually the problem with most wines as rich as this.
The best wine that has been on our table this year, 2019.
Food Pairing: This is a highly versatile wine. It’s a great bottle to share socially with friends in a relaxing environment. As a food pairing, this is an obvious match for most Mediterranean food dishes. For Chinese food, look to pair this with most meals that have red meat.
It also pairs well with deserts – something very unique for a medium of heavy bodied wine. The chocolate undertones here went perfectly with chocolate cheesecake.
This wine will not pair well with fish or dishes that have a lot of chillies.