It was a long hot weekend of yard work and gardening, so to cool off before a quiet dinner out at a local trattoria, I opened the 2010 Castello Banfi Centine Rosato.  
This Rose, or Rosato as the Italians call it, is absolutely refreshing.  In the glass, it’s a pale pink to light salmon in color.  Swirling the glass lifts aromas of peaches, strawberries, watermelon and flowers.  It’s very pretty to smell.  On the palate, the wine is crisp, refreshing and dry.  There’s only a faint perception of sweetness to this Rosato.  Flavors are crisp and defined with strawberry and slight melon flavors taking center stage.  The wine is delicious on it’s own, but stood up well to black gaeta olives, zucchini fritti, and prosciutto di parma – all light snacks before heading out for the evening.  Good value here too.  87 points, about $11.  Centine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot. 

2010 Castello Banfi Centine Rose

To pair with this, I made some quick Zucchini Fritti that I dusted with sale, pepe, pecorino, and a bit of crushed red pepper.  Delicious still warm right out of the frying pan! 

Zucchini Fritti Rounds

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