Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the wines discussed here were provided at no cost in exchange for my honest review.
Whether it was serendipity or plain ol’ coincidence that brought a recent trio of rosé wines to our doorstep, it’s impossible to say with any certainty. All that’s apparent is that the timing couldn’t have been better, what with this season’s warm weather having settled in for good not long beforehand. Rosé wines and Spring/Summer drinking go together like (there are honestly, too many ways to go here, so feel free to insert your favorite celebrity couple or food/wine pairing), so the opportunity to sample and review this trio of 2016 rosé wines from France and Italy felt like the perfect offering of an auspicious welcome to the next several months of sunny warmth.
A dry, bright coral-colored pour from Italy, this Veneto IGT sports a nose that teems with juicy raspberry and honeyed citrus notes. Orange, subtle grapefruit, and cherry clamor for appreciation, with patient red plum notes near the upper glass rim. Its mid-light body washes the palate with raspberries, cherries, red plums, and stone, the latter of which provides welcome edge to the potpourri of fruity influences. A solid acidity level punctuates the berries and citrus on swallowing. Alcohol erring on the lighter side and a medium-long finish full of berries and stone makes this one easy to drink, and refreshing to sip between bites of citrus-glazed chicken or veggies, and cold salads dressed with citrus vinaigrette.
This dry Provence, France Syrah-Mourvèdre blend greets one’s eye with vibrant salmon hues and one’s nose with aromatics that paints a portrait of freshly-sliced peaches, pears, and juicy melon. A trace of candied apple joins these fragrances, quiet but lingering like the perfume of a secret crush who departed the room just before you entered it. On the palate, it lands on the lighter side of medium-bodied and conjures the tart sweetness of strawberries, blackberries, and grapefruit. Hailing from IGP Méditerranée, this rosé balances its varied fruit aspects with sturdy, mid-high acidity and middling alcohol. This one finishes delicately, with pleasing grapefruit and cherry aftereffects that linger. Enjoy it with roasted vegetable dishes, shellfish, or cold salads of pasta or leafy greens.
A pale salmon color, this 50/50 Nero d’Avola-Syrah blend’s aromatics tell tales of winding along stony paths flanked by wild strawberry bushes. There are barely perceptible hints of petrol and barnyard as well, accompanied by suggestions of pink lemonade. This dry wine tastes of juicy grapefruit and strawberries resting upon rain-washed stone. The petrol subtlety in its fragrance makes its way onto the palate as well, ably suiting the wine’s bracing acidity, and contributing to the longest finish of the three wines discussed here. This is one to drink with poultry and/or seafood courses dressed with lemon and capers, entrées of mojo pork, or cream-based pasta sauces.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.