Jul 09 2010
There are few wines more satisfying after a record-breaking string of 90-degree days than rosé. Its high acidity makes it crisp like a white, but it boasts a unique flavor profile—light hints of strawberry, citrus, flowers, spice, and more—along with an instantly identifiable pink(ish) hue, which comes from the limited contact the grape skins have with the wine during production.
Coincidentally, we’ve had record-breaking heat here in Chicago for much of the past week, so it’s the perfect time to put that “rosé = satisfying” theory to the test by picking up a few bottles of these chillingly delicious rosés at Just Grapes:
2009 Borsao Rose of Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain [$7.19]
A red luminescent color with warm sparkles, it has a pungent aroma of wild and sweet fruits. It is very fresh and young, in the mouth it is balanced and in harmony with its acidity. Very pleasant and rich with hints of floral and spicy tones. Ideal to combine with pasta, light meats and salads.
2009 Maquis Calcu Rose, Valle de Colchagua, Chile [$10.39]
The Rivadeniera family always enjoyed drinking quality rosés at home. Now, winemakers Alejandro Jofre and Ricardo Rivadeniera have created their own magical rosé made from 50% Malbec, 40% Syrah, and 10% Carmenère. This vintage’s bouquet is floral with subtle notes of grapefruit and spice. The palate is clean, crisp and well balanced with hints of cherry and wild strawberry. It is a versatile wine that pairs equally well with goat cheese, seafood, grilled chicken and delicately seasoned Asian dishes.
2007 Hippolyte Reverdy, Rose, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France [$14.79]
A 100% Pinot Noir Rose exhibits a beautiful salmon color. On the nose an aromatic bouquet of wild red strawberries and watermelon is followed by seashell minerality and sea breeze salinity. The fresh fruit dances on the palate and is in wonderful step with this rosé’s acidity. This has a gorgeous blush, and is best served slightly chilled—it finishes refreshing, long, and crisp. Gets my vote as best rosé ever at Just Grapes! – Maggie’s Staff Pick