My oldest daughter's go-to wine is always a light Rose' of some sort. She is willing to try any that look pale in color no matter where it's produced. I was recently in Missouri helping her move, for the fifth time in a year and a half, to their new, forever home in St. Louis. Of course there was always time for wine amidst all the unpacking and placing things where they needed to be.
Here are the first four Roses' we tried and loved each one! What I love about all these wines is that they are all under $20! Score!
2013 Vin de Pays Vaucluse Rose' ($9) from France. This wine is a beautiful, tender pink color with blue highlights. The nose is dominated by small fresh red fruits. The mouth is creamy with lots of pulp and sweetness with a silky finish. It is 70% Grenache and 30% Carignan.
2013 Triennes Rose' ($16) This pale pink wine has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with a hint of vanilla. It's mainly Cinsault, blended with Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot. This was the one that was repeatedly purchased while I was in Missouri.
2013 Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes ($15) Another product of France, this wine is an intense peony pink, very aromatic with hints of small red fruits such as black currants or raspberries. It's perfectly balanced and leaves a delicate fruitiness on the finish.
2013 Chateau Montaud Cotes de Provence Rose' ($12) This wine exhibits fruity and floral notes, good structure, acidity, and marries nicely with food.
2013 Armas de Guerra Rosado Mencia ($10) This is a beautiful, pale Spanish Rose' wine made of 100% Mencia, not commonly used for making a rose'. This wine sees no oak, so its purity comes through very clear. Medium bodied, bright, clean and fresh. Drink now.
Our last Rose' we tried was a 2013 Laporte Le Bouquet Rose' de Pinot Noir ($15) This wine is a real bouquet of red fruit enhanced by hints of spice. A pleasure in the mouth reveals the beauty of the hills in the Loire Valley in France.
Well, there you have it. I shall look for these in Dallas and enjoy one (or all) of these wonderful Roses'!