A Sensual Rosé for New Year’s Eve

A Sensual Rosé for New Year’s Eve

A great bottle to chase away cares and welcome a better 2019

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There are so many good sparkling wines out there. Some super Prosecco, wonderful West Coast bubblies, and the list grows and grows. But I always like to drink a bottle of true French Champagne to bring in the New Year. It should be dry, festive, complex and memorable, and today’s selection checks all those boxes. It’s the Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage. Everything about this wine thrills the senses. If you crave a Champagne with body, rich texture and a gorgeous color, your new year will be well-rewarded!
Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Non-Vintage $60 suggested retail price
A deep red, almost scarlet color in the glass. (Sort of like the label color!) The flowery, yeasty nose shows strawberry, apple, Morello cherries and freshly baked brioche. There’s a brightness here that reminds me of pomegranates. Flavors are crisp and fresh with a very fine bubble; it has a medium-full bodied mouthfeel – creamy and sensual. Terrific with or without food, this has romance written in large letters. (60% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier, 15% chardonnay.) Drink now-2020.
92/100 points 
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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.