This is for faithful reader Norman Holly, who reminds me that I should be posting some wine recommendations. This is a wine blog, after all.
So in the hopes that warm weather is – or is about to be – here for good, I present some 2013 rosés from France and Italy. I’m impressed with the 2013 crop of pink, and expect to be recommending some more in coming weeks. That is, if Norman reminds me to post them.
Sol’ Acantalys 2013
Tavel, Rhone Valley, France, $13
Tavel is an appellation that specializes in rosé, typically deep red in color and more full-bodied and sappy than other rosés. The Sol’ Acantalys is redolent of strawberries, raspberries and Rainier cherries. This is the bolder side of rosé that should appeal to a wide range of American palates. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Billette Bouquet de Provence, Cuvée Tradition 2013
Cotes de Provence, France, $15
Francophilic oenonerds (and yes, there are some oenonerds who are not francophilic) tend to idealize Provence for its food, its wine, its lifestyle. Well, at least I do. This wine, in an unusual bottle that looks like Mrs Butterworth on a diet, captures that fantasy. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali, Le Rose, 2013
Sicily, Italy, $14
Made from the Sicilian red grape nerello mascalese, this wine is vibrant and refreshing. ABV: 12 percent.
Le Petit Balthazar Cinsault Rosé 2013
2-1/2 Stars GREAT VALUE
Languedoc, France, $8
This pale pink beauty harkens back to the days not so long ago when good rosé was a wine lover’s secret and much of the enjoyment was thinking about how cheap it was. Worth stocking up on for the summer. ABV: 11 percent.
Leone de Castris Five Roses 2013
Salento, Italy, $17
The label claims this was the first Italian winery to produce a rosato, back in 1943. It is bright red in color, juicy and elegant in flavor. ABV: 12 percent.