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New season, new wine

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Wine season

It appears that our very long and very cold winter is finally coming to an end.

It may not always be noticeable by the present weather conditions but you can be assured by the number of daffodils blooming and rosé wines suddenly appearing on dealers shelves are a sure sign of the approaching spring season.

The traditional rosé wine is made by pressing red grapes and then removing the color producing skins as soon as possible leaving the juice with a light pink color and not simply mixing red and white wines as some like to suggest. The juice is then fermented as one would a white wine resulting in a wine with depth, body, flavor, and character.

Beronia 2017 Rosé ($16) The indigenous grapes Tempranillo and Garnacha of Spain proved to be perfect for the production of quality rosé wines. The Beronia 2017 Rosé has been made from 60 percent Garnacha and 40 percent Tempranillo grapes and is a perfect representative of its Spanish birthplace and the exuberance of the Spanish personality. This soft and attractive light pink dry rosé wine is reminiscent of the great French wines of Tavel that ares the model for all dry rosé wines. The aroma of this wine can be said in two words, pure perfume as it alternates between sun-warmed rose petals and fresh picked cherries. Black cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors share the flavor with a vibrant acidity. These same flavors continue on to the finish, which for a rosé, is rather long. This is a very interesting and delightful wine and a true herald of the upcoming warmer seasons that I can recommend with out any reservation.

Fleur de Mer Rosé Cote de Provence ($19) The best translation of the name Fleur de Mer would be "Flower of the Sea" and if that alone doesn't pique the interest, nothing will. There are few in the field of wines, who do not believe that the dry rosé wines, from the Cote de Provence in France, are among the finest of the type to be found anywhere. The Fleur de Mer displays an inviting salmon pink color and a wispy aroma of peaches, pears and red summer fruits. The flavor stresses summer berries but in light, refined amounts. There is also a bit of tannin in the wine, which assures that it can be cellared for as long as five years, which is a rarity for a rosé wine. This wine, as with any rosé wine, should be served slightly chilled and will go very well with spicy foods as well as Asian and Pacific Rim specialties.

Van Duzer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé ($20) The Van Duzer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé is a giant step backwards to a time when Rosé wines were made to honor a vineyard and not, as an afterthought. The aroma of this Rosé is filled with scents of strawberries and cranberries with pomegranates quietly lying in the background which then follows through to the flavor and then on to the very long and fruit packed finish. If I scored this wine with numbers, as some do, on a 1 to 10 scale, we give this wine a 24. This wine may be a bit hard to find in local stores but it can be obtained via the internet at vanduzer.com.

Chateau Gassier Le Pas du Moine ($25) Another rosé from France that is definitely among the most interesting rosé wine from France. This rosé however is one with a slightly different grape makeup than the usual mish-mash of red grapes found in many French rosé wines. In this wine the usual compliment of red grapes was augmented by the Ugni Blanc, a white grape that is use in the making of Cognac, adding a whole series of features including a host of summer light colored fruits while the flavor concentrates on guava and grapefruit that extends to a delightful finish. This is a wine for those looking for something beyond the same old thing.


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