Probably the most appropriate wines to enjoy in warm weather is the many styles of rosé, and doubly so for those of us in the desert. Extremely versatile, rosés can be drunk as an apéritif or they can go with a great range of foods, especially seafood, pork or chicken. Most of the best come from the south of France, notably Provence. These are the lighter, more delicate types, with good balancing acids; wonderful food wines. The rosés of the region are normally dry with zest derived from their acidity. Darker color is not an indicator of quality but does suggest longer skin contact resulting in fuller body and increased fruitiness (not sweetness). Outside of France, the US is the number one consumer of these lightly colored, fresh and fruity, bone-dry rosés. Keep in mind these rosés pair well with garlic based dishes, such as aioli.
2016 Sables d’Azur Côtes de Provence
List price 15.00; Our price 12.95
This is a pale rosé that is peach colored. It has an elegant nose with delicate hints of small red fruits (red currant) and sweet citrus fruits (Clementine orange, sweet grapefruit). It is crisp and fresh in the mouth with a good balance between alcohol and acidity. The finish is fruity.
2016 Domaine de Triennes Rosé, Provence
List price 18.00; Our price 14.99
Triennes is a blend of principally Cinsault with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot. The grapes are harvested at night so that the grapes are cool upon arrival in the winery, then pressed after a few hours of skin contact, and fermented at low temperature until dry. The wine has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers. Red fruit and notes of citrus contribute to the aromatic complexity. It is known for its harmony and elegance.
2017 Miraval Côtes de Provence
List price 23.00; Our price 19.99
This vintage with its petal pink color has an aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers. In the mouth, the acidity is refreshing while displaying elegance and a nice balance, with a saline finish. The wine is gorgeous; peach, citrus, and raspberry notes all leap from the glass. It is juicy, vibrant, and crisp on the palate.
2017 Chateau d’Eclans Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99
Charming, refreshing and refined, it shows plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit. There are flinty/stony notes playing against those of floral rose petals. The primary grapes are Grenache and Cinsault. This is a very popular rosé that never ceases to please.
2017 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris, Corbières
List price 18.00; Our price 15.99
The Gris de Gris is a well balanced cuvée, with fresh red fruit, citrus and mineral nuances. It gives off aromas of raspberry, cherry, and strawberries, followed by exotic aromas of pineapple and mango. On the palate, the density and richness of the fruit mingle with good acidity. It is ideal as an apéritif or paired with a wide range of foods.
2017 Michel Chapoutier Bila-Haut, Pays d’Oc
List price 17.00; Our price 14.99 The wine has a full bouquet that is complex; hinting at dark, spicy, red berries, and yet with a delicate floral touch. Big and concentrated in the mouth, its full structure of red fruits subsists with a lacing of silky tannins.
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