Rosé wines, like fresh-cut roses themselves, are a perfect metaphor for a season of summer days. Like each summer day, they are sources of enjoyment, unique, filled with lively beauty and are gone all too soon. As Rosé wines grow in popularity and renown, this becomes even more pronounced with the season’s precious vintage barely lasting through the end of the dog days of summer or the first crisp, cool days of fall.
Rosé wines, like their floral counterparts, often come in dozens, are made in a dizzying variety of styles with each one having color or an aroma more alluring than the last and are always a good idea as a gift, regardless of the occasion. Furthermore, they often express a sentiment better than words.
Saturday’s free tasting at Oak and Barrel may help you with the bewildering array of selections by allowing you to experience at least two of our favorite rosé’s for yourself. Juliette makes a great park and porch pounder with its cheerful disposition, every day price tag and delicious drinkability.
Vie Vite, although similarly fresh and refreshing is made in a traditional Provencal style and offers a touch more structure, finesse and elegance on the nose and palate.
Juliette Rose ($12.99): This delightful and delectable summer day quaffer comes from the Provence region of Southern France, home of the most exquisite and traditional rosé wines in the world. Produced at the maison of Domaine de La Sanglière, and is an exceptional, true expression of a traditional Provençal rosé wine. Juliette is a delicious and crisp rosé wine that will help you keep from wilting on the hottest of summer days.
This is a friendly wine that has an initial fruit-forward taste of raspberries and berries that give the wine an easygoing, attractive and open feel. Juliette is refreshing and elegant, bone dry rosé wine, with layers of lively fruit and a bright, smooth finish – just the way a true rosé wine from Southern France should be.
Vie Vite Rose ($19.99): Acclaimed VieVité by Domaine Sainte Marie is an exceptional expression of a Provencal Rosé wine.The winery is ideally located just outside Saint Tropez and stretches over 45 hectares of land. With great southern exposure, the land is made of different types of soil, including silice, schists, and white quartz. The slopes are rather soft and the grapevines are on average 25 years old, benefiting from hot and dry weather in the summer.
The wine offers a fresh and delicate aroma of cherries and strawberries with notes of spices to create a satisfying sensation on the palate. VieVité excites all wine lovers with its opulent fruit forward aromas of peach, grape, apricot and black currant, while emanating soft hues of pale pink and coral. An absolute treasure of a rose wine!