Rossese Bianco grapes
This grape variety, as clearly evident, shares its name with the famous grape variety of Rossese.
The DNA profiling has shown that this white wine grape variety entertains a very unique genetic profile and also appears to have no certain or close relationship with the Rossese or any other grape variety with the same name.
Ampelographers consider the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety to be very golden as to its appearance.
Once upon a time, this variety of white wine grape was considered to be very widespread and a popular grape variety.
However, the scenario is changed and today the production of this white wine grape variety remains exclusively in the western part of the region of Italy.
The early mention of this grape variety was done by Giorgio Gallesio, a Genoese diplomat in the year 1839 in his published document called Pomona Italiana.
In this particular document, the writer had described about the techniques and difficulties encountered by the growers during the cultivation of this white wine grape variety.
Besides marking its presence in the regions of Liguria, this white wine grape variety is also found in various small quantities in the region of Monforte d’Alba where the presence of this white wine grape variety has been long-standing and certified since the year 2011.
This white wine grape variety is also used in a number of DOCs. The grapes of this white wine grape variety are first hand-picked and later they are taken instantly to the cellar for the process of its vinification.
Once the stalks have been removed, the grapes are pressed in the steel tanks. Later on, towards the end of its process of fermentation, the same is transferred to another steel tank and later on to the barriques that are made of the French oak.
This position is retained for a period of eight months. During all this while, a regular batonnage of the berries of this white wine grape variety is carried out and the same are sent back into the suspension.
The vines of this white wine grape variety exhibit their best properties when they are cultivated in the warm and early soils mostly found above the sea level.
These soils are very much rich in clay and lime and therefore it helps to retain all the excellent properties of this white wine grape variety.
This plant does not like a lot of humidity coming from the sea. If they receive excessive of the humidity, the vines can result in a floral abortion in its very flowering stage.
This white wine grape variety was noted as Rossese Bianco by a famous winemaker, Andrea Bacci of Sant’Elpidio in the year 1596.
Thus, since then the grapes of this variety have been considered to be the grapes producing some of the high quality wines.
In the early times, this white wine grape variety was cultivated almost in the Levante Rivera region, the Cinque Terre region as well as the Colli di Luni area of Liguria. The cultivation of the vines of this grape variety slowly reached to the low hills of Piedmont.
The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered to be the rare varietal wines that are very tasteful in nature and because of this reason they are preferred by a lot many people on to their tables.
These wines retain a good level of acidity in them and they are also considered to be high in tannins.
The grapes of this white wine grape variety are small and minute as to their appearance. The berries of these grapes are very unequal in terms of their size.
These grapes possess a greenish-yellow skin and they also take a reddish appearance once they reach their level of full maturity. This happens in between late September and early October.
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