What is a summer without trying some new Rose wines? To close out the summer season, I tried several Rose wines from different European countries, and recorded my notes below.
Vinaluz Rosado 2011 - Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, made 100% of syrah grapes in Spain. The color was a dark pink to light red wine, and tasted strongly of red fruits. It had a bit more sweetness than I am comfortable with in a wine. The winemaker describes the wine as good with pasta, fish, rice, and light meals. I would go further, and pair it will salty or spicey foods. The vintner also describes the wine as well-balanced, but it was not dry enough for my preference.
Domaine Fazi Ile de Beaute, 2011 Corsica, France - A beautiful salmon-colored wine that smelled of strawberry, red cherry, and honey. While fruity, the wine was dry and lightly acidic, and so smooth. I liked this wine a lot. Nice light summer foods such as salmon and other fishes would go really well with this wine. Call me crazy, but part of why I bought the wine was because of the Corsican flag's symbol that I saw on the bottle. (See image)
Vinya D'Irto 2011, Spain - I drank this wine on three separate days, trying to find the food, temperature, and circumstance to make it appetizing. It mostly tasted like sugar-free cough syrup served cold, and was very tart when it warmed up a little. The color was a light cough syrup color, and very clear. I was disappointed in this wine.
Alto Adige Lagrein Rosato 2011, Italy - This wine returned me to the Rose I have come to love. It smelled of light red fruits like strawberry, and tasted the same, but was dry. It is a wine I had to put away before drinking too much, I liked it so much! It had a light ruby type of pink color to it. I had this wine with spicy food, fish, and dessert. I liked it with any summer food!
The last of my Roses, which I decided to save for next year because I can, is a Rose from Sancerre. With the humidity gone and cool breezes accompanying our 70-something weather, my eye is on lighter reds, to explore them more than I did last winter. Stay tuned!