“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rosé is a summer wine. Sure, I love rosé year-round. It’s an unexpected pairing for Thanksgiving dinner, and lovely chilling in white snow-drift. I love drinking rosé as the tender crocus and daffodils bravely venture forth from their winter chill. But for me, the perfect pairing for rosé is summer. The summer days are blindingly hot with the sun beating down in a relentless stare, and the nights sultry, like prose in The Big Sleep. Rosé wines are a balm on the fevered palates of summer.
River Road Vineyards 2012 Nouveau Rosé of Pinot Noir is the perfect summer wine. 2012 Nouveau is a riff on the simple French Beaujolais Nouveau made of the gamay grape, Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine released each vintage. 2012 Nouveau is American, and made with pinot noir, but it evokes the simple, carefree, uncomplicated delicious heritage of it’s French namesake. And isn’t that what a summer wine should be? The flavors of the wine are subtle strawberries and raspberries, with nice acidity. What to pair with it? In the summer heat, go with something light and fresh, a Spinach & Strawberry Salad would be an excellent choice. No music pairing today, just sit on the patio and listen to the crickets and the night sounds.
The details: 12.5% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Russian River Valley. Grape: pinot noir. Retail price: $15 USD, available directly from River Road Vineyards. This was a media sample for editorial consideration kindly facilitated by Diaz Communications.
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