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2013 Palamà Negroamaro Arcangelo Rosato Salento IGT, $15

After spending the day at the river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in perhaps the final days of Summer, we wanted something light and refreshing.

We purchased this bottle at the Metro Wine Bar in Asheville, NC on the recommendation from one of the shop owners.  It did not disappoint.

This is the first wine we have tried made from the negroamaro varietal.  This Italian rose was much less dry than the typical French roses.  Light on the nose, relatively long on flavor.  Not complex but with more notes than other rose wines we have tasted this year.  Refreshing and not heavy handed on the alcohol content/taste, as we experienced with Miraval.  

Paired very well with a spicy arugula, scallion, basil, mint, and peanut salad with fish lime/fish sauce dressing, as well as butter/parmesan pasta.

Although twice the price of our favorite rose of 2013 ( La Vieille Ferme Rose, $7.50), I would still buy again.

Sipped: 3+/6 (very good)

Paired: 4-/6 (excellent)

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