Jun 222012

wine blog, wine blogs, best wine blogDamn it is sweltering outside. What is the perfect wine to cool off from a blistering day? For me no wine screams summer more than a beautiful dry rosé. No, not talking sweet white Zinfandel or the Mateus of my youth, but wonderfully refreshing dry rosé wines. While a nice chilled rosé is the perfect patio pounder sipper, they can also pair beautifully with summer fare, ranging from fruit salad topped with poppy seed dressing to grilled salmon or chicken.

So bring on the heat, start the patio party, fire up the grill and allow me to share with you some of the best American rosés I have found for this summer so far.  BTW…Patio party season has just begun, so check back with Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog for another rosé update in a month or so.

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2011 V. Sattui Winery North Coast Rosato – $22

 This dark ruby rose’ opens with a nose of strawberry & rhubarb pie. The combination of Grenache, Syrah and Carignane offers the palate flavors of bright strawberry, raspberry and ripe cherry with welcome notes of baking spice. Plenty of zippy acidity and a faint hint of sweetness make this a good foodie wine.

2011 Peterson Winery Vin Gris Donna Bella – $17

A fun stainless steel co-fermented blend of 50% Grenacia, 25% Syrah, 25% Carignane with a nose of ripe watermelon, bright cherry and floral notes. On the palate, the wine offers up a round mouth-feel with a bit of zippy acidity. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb are combined with a good dose of baking spice for a well balanced sipper. Available by the bottle or a 3 liter bag-in-box.

2011 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc – $18

Consistently great Pinot Noir Rose’ with plenty of body. Perfect with grilled salmon or as a sipper during an orange summer sunset. The nose offers scents of strawberry and cherry while the wine sports a robust mouth-feel with flavors of ripe strawberry, ripe cherry, cranberry, rhubarb and pie spice. There is nothing wimpy about this dry pink in your glass.

2011 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé – $15

A fun and expressive rosé with a full nose of ripe strawberry and baking spice. The wine offers a deep rich ruby color. The blend of 70% Carignane and 30% field blend of mixed red grapes creates flavors of ripe strawberry, raspberry, bright cherry and watermelon with a touch toasty vanilla. I hope to rendezvous with the beautiful rosé again….all puns intended.

2011 Chamisal Vineyards Rosé – $22

With Rosé season just upon us, I feel lucky to have found this blend of 95% Pinot Noir boosted by 5% Grenache by Chamisal Vineyards so early. A fragrant nose of ripe watermelon and strawberry. Beautifully round favors of strawberry and watermelon with notes of spice. Just enough acidity made the wine pair beautifully with our cedar-plank salmon. A near perfect patio sipper.

2011 Pedernales Cellars Texas Dry Rosé – $16

This dry rosé blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Sangiovese (all Texas fruit) from Pedernales Cellars near Fredericksburg, offers up a nose of strawberry jam. Flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, black cherry, ripe red apple plus a hint of earthiness combined with balanced acidity, make for an excellent wine by any standards.

2009 Desert Wind Dry Rose’ – $15

The blend of 92 percent Sangiovese and 8 percent Chardonnay sports a nose of ripe strawberry with slight notes of tomato. The flavors are an enjoyable blend of ripe strawberry, raspberry, a hint of ripe tomato and rhubarb. Fermented in neutral barrels for a soft and round mouth-feel.

2011 Starmont Rosé Wine – $20

This varietal blend opens with a light nose of strawberry and spice. The palate offers up flavors of ripe watermelon, ripe strawberry, rhubarb, red cherry and raspberry balanced with a touch of zippy acidity. It paired very well with our Parmesan tilapia and spinach/strawberry salad

NV – J Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley Sparkling Wine – $32

A full-bodied pinkish colored dry Pinot sparkler. Delicious flavors of juicy strawberry, ripe raspberry, citrus with hints of rhubarb and blood orange. A touch of toasty yeast and honey notes add to the complexity. Don’t wait for a celebration to pour this lovely. Paired beautifully with salmon, grilled rare.

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