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Castello Monaci - Kreos Rosé Salento IGT 2019


"Kreos" taken from the greek, Eos, a figure of Greek mythology, goddess of the dawn, sister of Helios (the sun) and of Selene (the moon). As the story goes; every morning the goddess weeps inconsolably for the death of her son, killed by Achilles during the siege of Troy, and her tears form the morning dew. Homer called her the goddess with the rosy finger because of the effect seen in the sky at dawn.

Terroir: The Castello Monaci Kreos Rosato comes from the heart of Italy's rosé production region of Apulia. The vineyards of this hot, arid region are made up of dry gravelly soils of limestone and clay forcing the vines deep for nourishment and leading to very low yields and concentrated wines.

Vinification: This 100% Negroamaro is made in the "saignée method" which removes the juice from the skins after just a enough contact to impart a rich pink color and clean berry flavor. 45,000 bottles produced.

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Kreos, with its intense vivid pink color, gets its name from "Eos", the Greek goddess of dawn, whom Homer called "the rosy-fingered goddess." Kreos emanates a bouquet of flowers, cherries, and raspberries that are prevalent in its elegant flavor as well. It has a tangy and earthy finish, with hints of nougat which lingers on the palate.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Puglia
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  • Sustainability: Certified Sustainable, DNV-GL
  • Soil: Clay, Limestone
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Avg Production: 45,000 bottles
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Negroamaro

Recent News edit

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90

Author: Alexander Peartree

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"A slick nose of wet stone, papaya and watermelon starts off this well-balanced rosato. The flavors build on the palate, beginning with a melon tone that leads to crushed strawberry and blood orange. There’s a gentle tannic grip and fresh acidity to house all the fruit, with a lick of peppery spice to add depth, while crushed cherryskins linger on the close."

Parade Magazine

Author: Kelli Acciardo

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

All the Rosé Wine and Champagne We'll Be Quenching Our Thirst With This Summer -- "When you need a break from the pale pink varietals, give this insider approved pick a try. Castello Monaci Kreos Rosato comes from the heart of Italy’s rosé production region of Apulia and this 100% Negroamaro is made in the “saignée method,” which removes the juice from the skins after just enough contact to impart a rich pink color and clean berry flavor."

Vinous Rating: 88

Author: Josh Raynolds

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020

"Vivid orange-pink. Ripe red berries on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and vaguely jammy, showing good depth and a lingering raspberry note on the smooth, broad finish. In a straightforward style and very easy to drink, even if it's not the last word in complexity."

Good Housekeeping

Author: Lizz Schumer

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020

16 Best Rosé Wines to Celebrate Summer -- "Take a walk on the Italian side with this ruby-red rosé made from Puglia's Negroamaro grapes. It has a juicy, fruity flavor with a body that's almost as rich as a red, with a lovely floral aroma. It tastes great with summer pastas."