A Rosé for All Seasons

A Rosé for All Seasons

It's that time of year!

SHARE

So, what kind of a rosé drinker are you? Do you like a sweet sipper? Do you want it as a food wine? Do you like it bone-dry as they do in Provence? Or perhaps somewhere in between? The latter represents today’s example; dry enough to refresh, but not so dry as to require food to be enjoyable. It’s Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. Both the wine’s brilliant color and the “pretty” label are consumer magnets – but what’s inside really delivers! A beautiful expression of the grape, and its lower alcohol (12.5%) seems to enhance its freshness and vigor. We enjoyed it all alone and with a Tandoori chicken dish.

2017 Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $25 srp

Pretty and bright, light pink color. An entrancing, floral nose with strawberry, melon and grapefruit elements. Rather mouth watering. Flavors are light, crisp and tasting of strawberry, peach and orange peel. Wonderful acidity inhabits the clean finish. Great now but could easily keep a couple of years. Try with shellfish, poultry or a quinoa salad with fruit slices.

90/100 points

SHARE
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.