If you don’t live in Southern California you might not quite relate to this. But it’s mid-March with temps in the 80’s and I’m already feeling like Rosé. There is no harm in dreaming about summer; here’s a beverage to assist the reverie.
This is not the most aromatic wine on the shelf but with aeration it shows cranberry, lemon and is especially flinty (sulphurous, like a burnt match) for a Rosé. On the palate, lemon and more flint with bracing acidity and a long, tangy finish. There is a hint of residual sugar, just enough to keep the wine in balance and give the mouthfeel a little weight. Simple, straightforward and refreshing.
A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes from the slopes of Mount Ventoux in Provence, this is exactly what cheap Rosé should be.
Rosé really is a fine everyday food wine and for the price this one hits the spot.
From the large Southern Rhone producer Perrin & Fils.
Back in the day, summer meant the Beach Boys. Here’s a clip from 1964, the year I attended my first rock concert, featuring the Beach Boys.
Price: $9 but often much cheaper