What To Drink Now: Summertime Rose

A dry Rose is the ideal summer wine – crisp and light, yet filled with bright berry, cherry and spice flavors. And, depending on how adventurous the winemaker is, you can make a Rose out of just about any red wine variety. Additionally, this is the time of year most of the new releases are available, but usually in limited quantity as many wineries only produce a small amount of Rose. I spoke of a few of these on D:The Broadcast last week, some selections were sent for editorial consideration.

IMG_8556 Just about any wine Etude creates from their sustainably farmed Carneros fruit I have found to be delicious, and their latest release of 2012 Rose of Pinot Noir continues to help me see why. A lush, fruit forward, yet still mineral driven wine leaps from the glass with aromas of wild strawberry, dried cranberry and rhubarb mingled with a slight spiciness and a juicy finish. $26 via their website.

La Rochelle Rose McIntyre Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, made by 6th generation winemaker Steven Mirrasou in Livermore from fruit grown in Santa Lucia Highlands, an ideal region for producing lush, fruit forward Pinot Noir. Light and lovely with layers of red berry and cherry, with ruby red grapefruit and a touch of melon. $24 available via their website.

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn also shows how perfectly suited for Rose Pinot Noir is, making his from Sonoma Coast fruit benefiting from the cool, maritime climate. The pale salmon pink colored wine is filled with fresh white flower and honeysuckle notes with crisp citrus layered with ripe apricot and peach. Fresh and light, perfect for summer sipping. $18 via their website.

Benovia-2010-Rose-of-Pinot-NoirA few months ago I was introduced to a new winery in Russian River called Benovia best known for their lush, fruit forward, gorgeous Russian River Pinot Noir.  While in the area last week I had a chance to try the Pinot Noir Rose from this small productions winery.  Subtle orange and ruby red grapefruit notes mingle with strawberry and pomegranate for a light, fruit filled wine perfect for pairing with poached salmon or summer salads served with warm, creamy brie.  $20 via their website.

Les Vignes de Bila-Haut from Michel Chapoutier Rose of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre,  Southern France is known for their Rose and this blend of traditional Rhone varieties showcases the enjoyment of Rose in Provence or on the French Riviera with layers of ripe cherry, strawberry and spice from one of the Rhones most loved producers. $15 available at stores throughout Dallas including most Whole Foods locations.

“Jolie Folle” (Crazy Beautiful) by Loca Linda, blends Grenache and Cinsault into this lush and lovely Rose,  produced in 1 liter bottles ready for a picnic or patio. I love Grenache/Garnacha Rose, and this one blended with Cinsault creates a light, delicate wine filled with white peach, watermelon and strawberry with a hint of floral notes. $14.99 at Pogo’s.

hogwashHogwash Rose blends Grenache from two California vineyards, one in Paso Robles and one in Mendocino, and fermented both by leaving the juice on the skins for a short period of time to extract color and flavor, as well as by the saignee method of bleeding the juice from the fruit. The result is a wine concentrated wine filled with expressive floral notes with red apple, guava, lemon and orange. $16 via their website.

Crios Rose of Malbec from winemaker and owner Susana Balbo, a pioneer in the Argentine wine world and one of the most respected winemakers from the country. Her wines celebrate the earthy, bold fruit flavors of the region. When made into Rose the rich Morello cherry shines through wrapped in layers of ripe strawberry and pomegranate. $13, available at stores throughout Dallas including Spec’s and World Market.

“R” – Redefined dry Rose by Domaine Serene, one of the premier wineries in Willamette Valley,OR,  and this limited release Rose is a great example of why. The grape varieties change every year in this proprietary blend based on that years vintage, but you are always guaranteed an earthy, spicy and fruit filled wine representing the gorgeous Oregon terroir. $34 via their website.

Not sure if you are ready to jump in and buy a whole bottle of Rose….though I promise, you will enjoy if you do…but Sigel’s is hosting their summer Benchmark White Wine tasting on June 18th at The Park Cities Club where 50 white wines will be poured, included a few interesting Rose.  This isn’t the normal white wine tasting either…though several traditional Chardonnay wines will be poured (including a few of my all time favorites – Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay and Newton Unfiltered from Napa,) the tasting will also include Arneis, Vouvray Sec, Sancerre, Viognier, Gavi and many many more from their extensive portfolio of wines. $50 per person, reservations required by Monday, June 17th, 214-350-1271