The season of summer may as well be called the season of rosé. The color and light refreshing taste of the wine has come to be synonymous with the perfect summer wine, and it’s food-friendly versatility makes it ideal any summer occasion. (Hint, hint: Fourth of July!) If you haven’t been by the wine bar for a glass on the patio, now is the time check out our great by the glass selection…and a few we feel extra passionate about.
It would be almost impossible to make a list of great rosés without mentioning the region of Provence. Chateau d’Esclans Cotes de Provence France 2012 and Domaine Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence France 2012 are two of our favorites stemming from the famous region. Chateau d’Esclans offers a pure, unadorned style with white peach, warm paving stone, and cherry pit that glide along to an elegant finish, while Domaine Ott Chateau de Selle offers a fresh and full-bodied rosé with golden highlights and notes of peach, lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla. These wines evoke the essence of the region, giving us two rosés that feel simply iconic.
From France’s Loire Valley, the Gerald Boulay Sancerre Loire is another rosé we find remarkably delightful. It’s made of 100 percent of 25-to-40-year-old Pinot Noir vines with the unique “terre blanche” soil. The rosé is an elegant wine with fine fruit, saline minerality, and a sustained finish.
With an increase in rosé popularity, production of the wine has spread from its original origins. Two of our favorites come from the United States are the Isabel Mondavi Napa Valley 2013 and Wolffer Estate “Summer in a Bottle” 2013. Mondavi offers a rosé with captivating aromas of strawberry, cranberry, and red apple, which fill the glass with the perfect amount of acidity to complement the juicy finish. The light wine makes enjoying a glass almost too easy. Wolffer Estates’ “ Summer in a Bottle” 2013, from the North Fork of Long Island, puts into words the common coupling between the season and the wine; the rosé is rich and lush, with bright notes of sun-drenched fruit, including strawberry, lychee, cantaloupe, white peach, and rhubarb pie.
Each of these wine exhibits individuality due to production and place, and what better time than summer to explore the wonderful world of Rosé.
Here is a full list of the roses by the glass available at Morrell Wine Bar:
Château d’Oupia Minervois, France 2012 $12
Château de Manissy Cuvée des Lys Tavel, France 2012 $13
Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine Vissoux Les Griottes Beaujolais, France 2012 $13
Rose de Chevalier Bordeaux, France 2013 $13
Bastide Blanche Bandol, France 2013 $14
Triennes Provence, France 2013 $14
Isabel Mondavi Napa Valley, California 2013 $15
Wolffer Estate “Summer In a Bottle” North Fork of Long Island, New York 2013 $15
Copain Tous Ensemble Anderson County, California 2013 $16
Cune Rosado Rioja, Spain 2013 $16
Miraval Côtes de Provence, France 2013 $18
Vie Vite Côtes de Provence, France 2013 $19
Chateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence, France 2012 $20
Gerard Boulay Sancerre Loire, France 2013 $21
Domaine Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence, France 2012 $25