The Peyrassol has come and gone. The Tra La La is just a memory. Although some of our favorite rosés are but a distant memory, we have plenty more new labels to choose from. Here are a few recent favorites. Pick them up next time you’re at UG!
2011 Ehlers Estate “Sylviane” (St. Helena, CA) $32
Aromas of watermelon, raspberry and cotton candy mingle with orange sorbet and fresh red cherries. But what sounds sickly sweet is actually crisp and bone-dry with bracing acidity and low alcohol. Slightly more robust (and a truly stunning raspberry color), this is the type of rosé that stands up well to being served in a rocks glass with a few ice cubes.
2011 Domaine du Poujol (Pays de L’Herault, FR) $15
A fruity, well-balanced blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre (which sound like relatives of Uncle Fester, if you ask me!), this rosé is meant to be enjoyed now. Right now! It’s a perfect food wine for summer. Light and refreshing, but with enough body to stand up to food. To me, this calls for assorted bruschetta and a few good friends.
2011 Domaine Saint Aix (Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, FR) $25 (750 ml)/$50 (magnums)
Award-winning and hard to find at retail, the winemaker’s hope for this wine was that after having a glass, the you would immediately find yourself saying, “Yes, I’ll have another!” This wine is also a bit scandalous, as it is made by a Dutch newcomer to Provence, who almost immediately found himself being crowned the best rosé wine maker in the region. A stunning wine that will become an instant favorite!