Monday, August 20, 2012

Let's Play with Rosé

A rosé (rosado in Spanish or rosato in French) is a red wine that had the grape skins removed early on in the fermentation process. So, it's a red wine with a white wine's personality. This gives the wine a light pinkish hue. It is not to be confused with a blush wine, which is sweetened with sugar.

The colors vary from pink to salmon to orange to brown, depending on age. Refer back to this blog on how to walk through a wine.

It can be made from a variety of grapes from various regions. I am going to walk through a couple rosés in this post.

The first rosé is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan grapes from the Rhone region in France. It has an orange hue signifying it is older. Upon swirling, the legs/drips, I can determine that the alcohol content is 13.5% (average speed of drip). On the nose, it has an earthy berry smell which confirms it is an Old World wine. On the palate, it is dry with an acidic effect. This wine is best served at room temperature, especially with the acidity.

The next rosé  is also a blend from the Rhone region. This wine has a salmon color, so it is younger than the previous. On the nose, it smells of strawberries and rain. Again this wine has an acidic effect. The reason some wines have a high acidity is because they are meant to be paired with food. The acidity will enhance the flavors of the dish.

The final rosé is a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah from Sonoma Valley California. This 2009 wine is salmon in color. The legs suggest 14% alcohol content. This wine has a fruity characteristic indigenous to New World wines. More specifically this wine smells and tastes of strawberries.

As you probably noticed, I describe wines without disclosing brand names. This is because brands are unimportant. What's important is to learn the vintage, grape, and region because the characteristics are going to be similar.

Happy drinking :)

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