Wine Steward and guest blogger Aaron Kirschnick fills us in on some delicious rosés found at your Willamette Market.
Even though I believe rosés drink superbly all year, the reality is that the best – and the most popular ones – often disappear before summer ends. So, do yourself a favor and put these pink gems on your radar the next time you're in our store:
2011 CVNE Rosado, Spain
The CVNE estate (Compania Vinicola del Norte Espania) in Rioja is known by many as “Cune,” which is how the name is written on their label. The story goes that when an early label of theirs was sent to the printer, the 'v' was erroneously read as a 'u'. Rather than re-print, the owners let the gaff go and it quickly stuck. This winery is a stalwart for tradition and continues to produce tantalizingly wines that are sought by collectors the world over. This particular wine is not only delicious year after year, but it is also one of the great values of Spanish rosé. It is comprised of 100% Tempranillo and manages to capture that sweet ache of late summer perfectly. Ripe strawberry is at its core with excellent acidity and faint herbal notes aiding it's bright character. Completely dry and utterly mouthwatering. $12.99/btl.
2011 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
By now, it is no secret that Oregon has established itself as a premier producer of Pinot Noir. However, this is not limited to red wines; we are at the same time seeing some top-notch dry, pink wines being released, as well. At Bergstrom winery in Newberg, they have just begun bottling a rosé that rivals the best from this state. It is juicy, loaded with grapefruit and cherry fruit and hits the target perfectly for lighter, late summer meals. $18.99
2011 Lange Winery Pinot Noir Rosé
Folks at Lange Winery have been plugging away quietly for years and just this year released their first rosé, using entirely estate Pinot Noir. It is vibrant and fresh and the aromas tell you that it is going to be juicy before it even hits your mouth. Highlights are strawberry, cranberry and red cherry fruit, with small amounts of spice at the tangy finish. $13.99/btl.
This is only the tip of a great big, pink iceberg, so the next time you're in, please don't hesitate to ask for guidance finding a rosé. We still have great stuff on-hand from France's Cassis and Bandol regions, Italy's Piemonte, the south of France and just about every place in between.
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