A rose is a rose is a rose, as Gertrude Stein wrote, but a rosé can be even better. This spring and summer, when you want the refreshing quality of a white wine but with more weight and more flavor, choose a dry, French-style rosé. They don’t have to come from France– wineries all over the world are making wines in this style. The French region they are most identified with, Provence, is enjoying record sales right now. So if you want to be trendy, embrace chilled dry rosés this spring and summer. If you just want good wine, enjoy this style of rosé anytime, all year round, like I do. Below are several I recommend after recent tastings. Following them are some unorthodox, but interesting, pink products I came across while looking for rosés, a rosé Port and a rhubarb liqueur.
2011 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mulderbosch, South Africa, ($12) was a delightful find as it is the first rosé I have ever tasted from South Africa. Yummy red fruit, crisp with a firm acidity and a sturdy weightiness in the mouth are the hallmarks of this wine. 12.5% alcohol.
Janice Fuhrman, May 2012 www.winewithatwist.blogspot.com