Beat the Heat with Rosé

Beat the Heat with Rosé

A smooth, substantial rosé from Greece

The 2016 vintage was sampled.

After three recent 100-degree days, it seems another good rosé is needed – and fast! Rosés flood today’s market, and they are not all the same. Many are afterthoughts, so ask questions.

Here’s a terrific one you might easily skip. It’s the Monolithos Rosé from the Bairaktaris Winery of Greece. Although Greek wines don’t have a major push in our market, one taste of this satisfying wine might pique your interest. From the Nemea region on the Peloponnesian peninsula, this bright, red-colored wine almost belies the “rosé” moniker. A blend of two ancient grape varieties, it warms the heart and cools the taste buds.

2016 Monothilos Rosé—Bairaktaris Winery $17 srp

A bright cherry color, darker than some reds. Predominantly fresh strawberry and wind-swept floral notes allure your sinuses. There’s a quality on the bouquet that I can only call “substantial,” with considerable length and texture. Flavors are smooth and calm with strawberry and cherry notes. Dry, satisfying and not as citric as many rosés, this is full of character with rich, savory elements. (Made from 80% Agiorgitico [red] 20% Assyrtiko [white] grapes.) Drink now-2018.

Today’s rosé is not currently available in our market. Must be ordered online.

89/100 points

Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.