About a decade ago, I traveled through Marche tasting its white wine made from the vermentino grape. Day after day of this acidic, light-bodied wine left a sour memory of Marche until two weeks ago, when the delightful cherry scented-and -flavored 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato crossed my palate.
There are accents of strawberry and orange in the 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato. Its light body offsets the heavy summer air, and sangiovese’s acidity is subservient to the ripe fruit flavors. Fresh, clean and crisp, this wine comes with the no-sweat price of $8.
The 2011 Vinha da Defesa Rose’ is an equal blend of Syrah and Alentejo’s aragonez grape. A brilliant cherry hue and an expanding cherry, strawberry and floral aroma are combined with ripe strawberry and cherry flavors. The mild acidity glides the fruit across the palate leaving a long, flavorful finish.
The attractive bottle design strikes a minimalist pose, and the price tag is minimal as well:$12.
Rose’ and the south of France are forever linked in the memories of millions of travelers. Outdoor cafes and indoor dining rooms are filled with people enjoying carafes and bottles of refreshing rose’ wine.In the 1980s, Michel Laroche ventured from his northern Chablis vineyards to the sun-drenched Languedoc region. He acquired 111 acres and in 1996 built a new winery, named Mas La Chevaliere.
Among the grape varietals in this region, grenache is king. It is used for red, white and rose’ wines. The 2011 Laroche Rose’ De La Chevaliere is 70 percent grenache and 30 percent syrah.
Laroche has followed the tried-and-true method of fermentation and a few months aging in stainless- steel tanks. The result is a pretty light pink color with fresh red fruit aromas and flavors. The fruitiness of the wine gives an immediate impression of sweetness, but fear not. This delightful rose’ finishes dry. The sweetness is reserved for the $12 tab and the Languedoc sunset viewed from your seaside table.