I enjoyed a 2008 Maryhill Rosé on the street side patio of the delightfully delicious Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie. Like a rose beginning as a bud; this Rosé of Sangiovese takes your palate on a similar journey. The bud breaks and aromas of strawberry, watermelon, rhubarb, and yes, even rose petals. Upon the palate the flavor blooms and you experience the flavors that in this case, follow through on what bouquet hinted at. Add homemade pie cherries and a suggestion of fruit compote. This summer sipper is a perfect refresher on a warm day providing a lush and delightfully crisp finish. ($14)
A Rosé (From French: Rosé, ‘pinkish’) wine has some of the color typical of a red wine, but only enough to turn it pink. The pink color can range from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grapes and wine making techniques. The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine.
I picked up the Barnard Griffin Rosé at the Rocket Market. The 2009 Rosé of Sangiovese was lovely. A dry Sangiovese Rose tour de force! which boasted a range of complex flavors built around racy strawberry and tart orange with hints of melon rind and summer peaches. This wine is impressive because of its precise balance between rich, concentrated flavors and mouthwatering acidity. ($12)
As you may know, a Rosé is very food friendly and well suited for hot summer day sipping by the water or on the deck.
Our local pour is a Just-Right Rosé from Liberty Lake Wine Cellars. The 2009 Vintage, Red Mountain Quixotic Farm Rosé is bursting with strawberries and tastes like a sunny day in the country. The release of this Rosé of Merlot assures us why every things coming up Rosé in the Washington wine trends. Easy pairing for everything from a backyard BBQ to elegant cuisine.($15) and it is now an endangered vino...less than 3 cases left.
Note: Robert Karl Cellars produced a Rosé that is sold out. I can't wait for the return of the RK Rosé.
Photo Credit: Lynfred, glass of Roses, Sip, Barnard Griffin