It might not officially be summer yet, but the weather is certainly appropriate for my favorite summer beverage--French rosé.
With the temperature in the mid-80's today, I chilled a bottle of the 2011 Saint Roch Les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé, which I purchased at Whole Foods this morning. And it was on sale for $12.99! The regular price is $15.99.
The light pink hue of this wine might make you think it is either sweet or will be lacking in flavor, but neither are true. It is dry (meaning the wine has very little residual sugar) with robust, fruity flavors.
A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsualt, the Grenache shows itself in the aroma of the wine with an attractive perfume of wild strawberry. The palate demonstrates a playful combination of ripe watermelon, playful peach, and juicy strawbery--the ultimate fruit salad. There is a slight essence of lime that lingers in the finish.
This is a delicious rosé, and other than being the ideal refreshment for a hot afternoon, it pairs nicely with seafood, cheese, and summer salads.