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