With spring just around the corner, it is almost Rosé season, although really any season is Rosé season. But spring and summer are a particularly good time to enjoy these nice clean and fruity wines. At work the other day I got the chance to taste the 2008 Domaine Sorin Cotes de Provence Rosé, perfect for the summer time temps of 80 degrees we were having here in Richmond. The winery which is technically in the Bandol AOC produces this less expensive version of their other Rosé that is every bit as good, but half the price. ($15) Comprised of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah the Domaine Sorin Cotes de Provence Rosé expresses beautiful strawberry, raspberry and floral notes on the nose with similar flavors on the palate with a clean mineral driven finish. With a medium bodied roundness in the middle of the sip you are pleasantly surprised that the finish yields a refreshing crispness, readying your mouth for the next sip. At this price this would be a great sipper for warm evenings on the deck or a great wine for grilling out if you are a in a bind for what to pair with the variety of foods that show up at a cookout.
I am sure as summer approaches I will have more great Rosé reviews for you, but if you see this on store shelves definitely pick up a bottle.