Don’t be fooled by this little bit of rain that is supposedly coming the next couple of days. Rosé season is still in full force for another two months at least, warm weather and entertaining outdoors are a certainty, and you’ll want to be prepared for these unavoidable eventualities! So with your future happiness in mind below you’ll find our last rosé case of the year. Four of the perfect drinkables to take you into fall, and based on how much rosé some friends consumed at our house last night (¡ay caramba!), a much needed tonic for warm, muggy dog days. Relief looks exactly like this…
2013 SAN ROCH LES VIGNES Cotes du Provence
$13.95 bottle/ $134.00 case
Speaking of pinks consumed last night, this was exceptional and absolutely spot on Provençal rosé. Made by a co-op of seven local vignerons in the tiny village of Cuers, this blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Grenache has bright, vivacious, berry and pepper tinged fruit, with a tangy pop of acid on the finish. In other words, just right!
2013 HIRIART “Cigales” Rosado
$11.95 bottle/ $115.00 case
Mush a bunch of cranberries and watermelon together, pop that mess in your mouth, and you’ll get an idea of what this VINO favorite rosé tastes like. A wonderful tart (bot not sour) edge and a boisterous “drink me now, quickly!” personality, this is so good. A blend of Tinta del País, Garnacha and Verdejo made by a winery in the Cigales D.O. made by a winery that has been in operation since 1750. So yeah, they’re pretty good at what they do!
2013 HELIOTERRA Pinot Noir Rosé
$17.95 bottle/ $173.00 case
Made by the effusive Anne Hubatch at her winery on SE Division here in our fair city, this practically pops with clean, totally dry local produce. It has the classic strawberry tinged pinot noir fruit, with alluring rhubarb, floral spice and ripe raspberry shadings that sneak in and out of your awareness. A really terrific pinot rosé made by one of our favorite people!
2013 DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT Gascogne Rosé
$10.95 bottle/ $105.00 case
More plaisir de France in this beguiling blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Syrah from the SW of this endlessly satisfying country. Made in the commune of Montreal by the Beraut family, who have been doing their wine thing here for 300 years, this is that perfect light salmon color, with crisp, fresh picked berries, wildflower and a slightly mineral/earth edge that I’m really liking. A pretty incredible value at this price!
SUMMER PINK CASE: Get three bottles each of the above four wines for a most reasonable $138.00 per case (or $11.50 a bottle)! Or feel free to make your own mix should that be to your liking.