Coming Up Rosés

It may occur to you, fellow drinker, that the agitation for pink-ish beverages tends to escalate as the seasons blend. Though wine is surely good for year-round occasions, certain types are perhaps more aligned with particular calendars. That’s because the pinkish beverage in question, rosé, is an in-betweener. It’s simple: Use the states of water as an analogy. Rosé wine is the gas to red’s solid and white’s liquid. Perhaps clunky but you get my point. Its flexibility and mid-state status are can’t-miss for the transitional seasons of spring and fall.

A quick scan of your neighborhood LCB store will confirm there’s more than enough rosé to choose from, and we’ve written about several on our site. Some perennial winners include Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45, Charles & Charles and Montes Cherub.

I can also vouch for a pair of bottlings currently found in the system – hailing from distinctly diverse growing grounds in New York and Spain.

cune-rioja-rosado-2013First, the Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé 2013 from the Finger Lakes. A personal go-to producer from the region, Sheldrake consistently cranks out expressive whites and blushes at very fair prices. This one is a wee bit fizzy, refreshing and balanced. Make that refreshing-plus, a delightful blend of strawberry essence and roses. Composed entirely of Cab Franc grapes which impart body along with acidic bite and a lengthy finish. Good with food or on its own. 12.2% alcohol by volume and marked down to $9.99.

An impressively versatile wine, the Cune Rioja Rosado 2013 is available in PA for $12.99. Quick diversion: Cune is also known as CVNE, a curious moniker derived from the longstanding wine house’s DBA, La Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (Northern Spanish Wine Company). Likely stumped by the practicality of pronouncing “Cvne,” the company also employs the “Cune” label.

Like the Sheldrake Point, this one is varietally pure, made wholly from Tempranillo. Maraschino cherry water-red with gently funky aromatics, the Spaniard is rich with strawberry, citrus and watermelon, with the odd rind tossed in, tannic grip and a stony backdrop on the finish. It’s delicious and sharp, and boasts respectable length, body. There’s a force to the wine that arms it more than adequately for a range of foods. Try alongside Greek salad, poultry, seafood, pork and pasta. I also can vouch for its positive attitude toward salted nuts (I recommend pistachios and a good TV show). Screw top and 13.5% ABV.

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