Ah, finally, the weather has changed and we can sense that summer is actually on its way. And when it comes to summer wines, there’s nothing better than rosé. A good rosé is versatile and refreshing, and, like any worthwhile wine, offers complexity on the nose and palate. There’s also a lot of variety between rosés- some are sweet, some dry, some acidic, others creamy- which make them fun to compare. This season, Vine & Table will highlight one high caliber rosé each month and offer it an amazing price. We start off with one of our favorites- Domaine de Nizas Rosé 2011, from the Languedoc region of France.
There’s a lot to like about Domaine de Nizas: on the nose, we detect soft floral aromas, especially violets and peonies. Red fruits are present as well, particularly fresh raspberry and wild strawberry. The floral and fruit notes mingle pleasantly, neither overpowering the other. The color is a lovely light rose.
On the palate, this wine is dry, but not distractingly so- it has a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel that gives it great structure. The fruit you detect on the nose is still there, but there’s also a spiciness that appears and reminds you that this wine is made from black grapes (40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Mourvèdre). We love this rosé because it had the complexity that should be present in good wine, and it makes us think about all the things we’re tasting and how they come together. Sure, you could enjoy this on your deck while chatting with friends, but it might be even better enjoyed on a quiet evening with time to really savor the aroma and flavors.
Normally, Domaine de Nizas 2011 retails for $14.99 a bottle, but as our first Rosé of the Month for 2013 we’re offering it at an amazing price of $8.99. If you purchase a case (6 bottles) we’ll knock another buck off each bottle for a case price of $47.94. That’s a steal- this is a rosé that deserves its higher price point, so grab a few while the sale lasts. You won’t regret it when you indulge in the first of the summer wine.