Massimago ‘Zurlie’ Pet Nat Rosé NV
Smooth, fresh, and juicy.
Grape: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
Region: Veneto, Italy
Bottled in a super portable (and dangerously easy to finish) 500 mL format, this cloudy, fizzy rosé is refreshing and fun to drink, with salty melon, tart rose hips, and lovely minerality. Clean and easy, for all kinds of bubbles fans, not just the advanced.
Located in Veneto's Val di Mezzane valley near Verona, the certified organic Massimago estate (name translates from Latin as 'maximum benefit') is managed by Camilla Rossi Chauvenet. Started in 1883, Massimago is an OG Valpolicella producer, but it wasn't until 2003 when Camilla Rossi Chauvenet took over in 2003 that things took the more natural, sustainable path. She converted to organic farming in 2008 (certified since 2014), added solar panels for electricity, and implemented Japanese-inspired Fruttaio wind technology for aging grapes on the vines, while also harnessing (and protecting) the natural biodiversity of the neighboring forest.
The valley was originally completely submerged by the sea, so the soils are full of the calcified marine fossils that give such mineral complexity to wine.