Four Seasons of Rosé

Summertime isn’t the only time for rosé! These six selections pair with any season.

Rosé is often considered the quintessential wine of the summer. Refreshing crushed watermelon and juicy red berry flavors often fill the glass, and as it’s served chilled, it’s the perfect way to combat summer’s heat. But just because the summer is signing off doesn’t mean you need to shelve rosé until next year. Here are a few that can still be enjoyed long after the summer retires.

Robert Oatley 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese: From Australia’s Mudgee region, this Sangiovese-based wine is apricot-colored and blooms with floral aromatics. Its berry and orange flavors make it an ideal companion to bouillabaisse and duck with an orange glaze. www.robertoatley.com 

Château Beaulieu 2010 Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence: Hailing from Provence, this rosé is made with Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The modified amphora-style bottle evokes tradition, but the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon is a new-age modification. Full bodied, bright fruit flavors and a well-structured finish marry perfectly with grilled lobster, shrimp scampi or light veal dishes. www.opiciwines.com

Saints Hills 2010 St. Heels Rosé: At Croatia’s Saints Hills Winery—whose wines are guided by the celebrity wine consultant Michel Rolland—they like a bit of edge, as evidenced by the sexy stiletto graphic on the label. Made from 100% Plavac Mali from the Dalmatian coast, the electric pink St. Heels has a firm presence in the mouth, bursting with red fruit and light herbal notes. Enjoy it alongside roasted pork or herbed chicken. www.saintshills.com   

Mulderbosch 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé: The deep coral hue is as rich as the flavor in this South African rosé. Strong wild berry and pomegranate flavors are offset by notes of bright Mediterranean herbs. Try pairing it with roasted turkey or rosemary-encrusted pork chops. www.capeclassics.com

Casa Dumetz 2010 Rosebud Syrah Rosé: Created by actor-director-producer Emilio Estevez and his fiancée, Winemaker Sonja Magdevski, this Syrah-based rosé is made from grapes grown in Califonia’s Santa Ynez Valley. Vibrant flavors of strawberry and almond paste are buoyed by distinct floral notes. Although it is delicious on its own, a little charcuterie or grilled sausage will pair wonderfully. www.casadumetzwines.com

Domaine Carneros NV Cuvée de la Pompadour Brut Rosé: Although named after Madame de la Pompadour, the famed French courtesan, this medium-pink Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend is from Napa Valley. Bone dry, with the taste of strawberries and Turkish delight, this pairs best with roast salmon and grilled shrimp. www.kobrandwineandspirits.com

Published on September 16, 2011
Topics: Wine News, Wine Recommendations, Wine Trends
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net




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