The Dozen Vol. 25 No. 07 Wine

The Dozen – Drinking Pink

Rosés are on a diet - lean, light, with lots of food-loving citrusy flavors.

If there is a trend in rosés – other than everyone now making one – it is that there are fewer sweeter blushes, even in areas that traditionally produced bigger, fruitier, darker-color pinks. So does this mean that everyone is trying to emulate Provence? Possibly, and to my palate, the tendency for more citrus notes and crisper finishes is a good thing.

We have a selection of nice ones here, from $13 to $38, hailing from France, Italy, and the U.S., followed by two crisp and refreshing white wines.

2020 Masseria Li Veli “Primerose” Salento Negroamaro Rosato ($13). Light with lemon-lime notes and good, food-loving acidity.

2020 Garofoli “Kòmaros” Marche Rosato ($14). Lean, refreshing with lots of citrus and a little spritz that kicks in at the finish.

2020 Scaia Veneto Rosato ($14). Lean and refreshing with piquant flavors of cherries and strawberries.

2019 The Prisoner “Unshackled” California Rosé ($21). Clean, light berry flavors with a hint of cream and a long finish.

2020 Masseria Li Veli ‘Askos’ Susumaniello Rosato Salento IGT ($21). Light in body, firm in flavors of orange and other citrus with a nice bit of whey/cheese in the end.

2020 Peyrassol “Cuvée des Commandeurs” Côtes de Provence Rosé ($24). Almost clear-colored with a lovely strawberry-citrus nose and flavors within a light, lively, tangy structure.

2020 Gehricke Los Carneros Rosé ($26). Tart citrus flavors and a light body.

2020 Peyrassol “Le Clos Peyrassol” Côtes de Provence Rosé ($36). Light body with delightful, complex flavors of strawberries, cream, and honeycomb.

2020 Peyrassol “Chateau Peysrassol” Côtes de Provence Rosé ($37). Snow-cone aromas, light on the palate with a concentrated tanginess that fades slightly just as we’re warming up to it.

2020 Inman “Endless Crush” Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir ($38). Very lively and refreshing with a combination of strawberry and citrus flavors with crisp acidity.

And finally…

2019 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhone Blanc ($15). Lots of floral notes with good acidity to balance.

2020 Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($21). A little gamey with piquant green fruits and a touch of fruity oils.

Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com. As more wineries are now shipping direct-to-consumer, check the winery website if you can’t find a bottle in your retail store.

Feature photo credit: Inman Family Wines

Roger Morris writes about wine, food and travel for The World of Fine Wine, Drinks Business, Meininger's Wine Business International, Wine Enthusiast and other publications in the U.S. and Europe.

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