The Dozen Vol. 26 No. 03 Wine

The Dozen – Trending Pink

One sure way to tell that spring is near: Count the bloomin' rosés.

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Rather than notice whether the robins are singing, the tulips are budding, or the grass is turning from brown to green, I judge how far spring is away by the number of pink wine samples I receive. Judging from that not-so-natural phenomenon, spring is just around the corner but still a few weeks away.

Here are a few recently released rosés and a few other nice wines – don’t miss the Sette Ponti and Ornellaia – to help you sip your way out of the winter doldrums.

2021 M.Chapoutier “Belleruche” Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé ($15). Very satisfying – strawberry/orange flavors with a balanced finish.

2021 Michel Chapoutier “Bila-Haut” Pays d’Oc Rosé ($15). Lighter and veering toward elegance, with ripe strawberry flavors and finishing citrus.

2021 Ferraton “Samorëns” Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé ($17). Clean and refreshing – strawberries with finishing touches of orange and other citrus.

2021 Château des Ferrages “Roumery” Côtes de Provence Rosé ($18). Very good food wine – fresh floral tastes and aromas, lots of citrus, some savory notes.

2021 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir ($21). Flavorful – red fruit, almost-cherry – but quite crisp and tart and long on the palate.

2019 Baron Philippe de Rothschild “Escudo Rojo” Valle Central Gran Reserva ($20). Big red fruit and dark cherry aromas leap out of the glass like trout jumping on a spring day. Big fruit on the palate, a few savory notes, moderate acidity.

2019 Prisoner Wine “Saldo” California Red Wine ($30). Well-made in a rich, fruity style with dark purple flavors.

2015 Craggy Range “Aroha Te Muna” Martinborough Pinot Noir ($58). A big Pinot with lots of volume, robust cherry flavors, and modest tannins.

2015 Ramey “Rodgers Creek Vineyard” Petaluma Gap Syrah ($59). From a Syrah master, with lovely blackberry fruit and savory brambles with scrumptious tannins, Drink now or drink in 10 years – either way, it will be great.

2019 Alma Rose “Rancho la Viña” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($62). Complex, big in flavors – rounded, rich cherries, fresh herbs, cola, chocolate mint – but medium body and good acidity.

2018 Sette Ponti “Oreno” Toscano IGT ($94). Just a lovely wine, a Bordeaux blend with restrained but still rich, purple fruits – blackberries and blueberries – with chocolatey tannins and a touch of raspiness.

2019 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore ($252). Very under control and purposefully subdued – smooth, dark berry flavors with fine tannins, a hint of creaminess, and rich earthy/savory notes.

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: Courtesy of Tenuta Sette Ponti

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