We’ve had a fairly mild summer in DC, with highs hovering in the upper-80’s rather than the high-90’s. And, even though the city is filled-in swampland that is infamous for high humidity, the summer has had far lower humidity than usual. Despite the more bearable weather, I’ve been craving a crisp, clean summer wine. And, since I’ve had a surprising number of friends asking me about dry rosé recently, I’ve been trying to throw a little more into the mix of what I’m drinking because nothing says summer wine to me like a good rosé. Non-sweet wine drinkers often unfairly shy away from rosé for fear of getting a mouthful of wine that isn’t what they were looking for. Last Sunday night, though, as Hubby and I settled into an evening of ridiculous TV (True Blood and Masters of Sex), I opened a rosé that even the most devout dry wine lover could adore.
The 2013 Mirabeau Classic Rosé (winery) was a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault grapes from Provence, France. The wine was a medium, clear salmon color. On the nose, there were strawberries and red currants. In the mouth, there were strawberries, raspberries, and a hint of thyme. The wine had a light body and bright acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At an SRP of $16, this wine is exactly what I look for in a rosé–vibrant, clean flavors paired with a crisp acidity that keeps the wine refreshing, easy to drink, and food-friendly. The Mirabeau wines are making their debut in the United States. And, selfishly, while I’m excited to blog about the Mirabeau Classic, I’m also sorry that others are going to quickly realize how fantastic the quality:price ratio is because I have no doubt the wine is going to be a big hit…and then I won’t have this gem of a wine to myself.
Question of the Day: Do you enjoy Rosé wine? If so, do you tend to go for the dryer or the sweet ones?