Savvy wine drinkers realize that good rosé is as perfect a warm weather wine as one can find. Five years ago there were very few choices, but today there are many dry, fresh, fruitful and satisfying rosés from all over the world. Frankly, the French probably do this style best, but America has stepped up to the table with some great choices for al-fresco drinking.
One is the 2012 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese from Washington’s Columbia Valley. This is a home run, packed with plush-textured cherry and zingy raspberry flavors that practically explode on the palate. It’s dry, cleansing and refreshing with a pleasing tart edge to the fruit.
If you do thirst for a deeply colored, albeit pink, wine that will impress your friends and your wallet, this wine is for you. The price is $13 a bottle and the manager from your favorite wine store can find it at Tramonte Distributors in Cincinnati.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.