In defense of rose wine.

Position::LATINO LEADERS CELLAR - Buyers guide

SIPPING A GOOD, dry, fruity and complex Rose in the summer time has no comparison. For those who don't like the lightness of white wines, but find a little hard to cope with the complexity and heaviness of red wine during the day -let's say at home before dinner-Rose wine is the answer.

Rose usually has sweet aromas; strawberries, rose petals, peach, passion fruit, raspberries. But at the taste is goes completely dry. However, the impression of sweetness kind of influence our perception and we could perceive tangerine, pomegranate and grapefruit.

Rose is made of almost every red varietal, but gets only a small fraction of skin contact time with the most at fermentation--that's where it gets its color.

For light Roses, I go for some Spanish or Napa Valley made from Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or even Sangiovese. For heavier ones, to drink at lunch or dinner, I recommend some Bordeaux, South African or Australian made from Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

Mulderbosh Rose 2014 (Got it at Whole Foods Market, one of my favorite wines)

Region; Coastal Region, South Africa

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $12.

Aromas: Flowers, pomegranate, fresh berries

Flavors: Peach, cherry, grapefruit

Impression: Sweet but dry

Structure: Medium Body, will go well with food

Drink with: Grilled Salmon, Cesar Salad with Chicken

Why I loved this wine? Incredible fruitiness and nice color.

My Rating: 90 pts.

Hundred Acre 2005 (Dining with Luis Maizel in La Jolla, CA)

Region: Napa Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $ 350.

Aromas: Ripe fruit, leather, mocha

Flavors: Blueberries, plum, mint


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