Saturday, February 13, 2016

Thinking Pink?

It's that time of year again, when plans are made for romantic dinners with that special someone. Along with that comes flowers, perhaps jewelry, and often times a lovely bottle of wine. Rose', with it's romantic color, seems especially appropriate; and maybe something sparkling to add excitement. Here are a few pleasant options to consider, from around the world, that will lend festivity and beauty to any special occasion.

Shades of Pinkness

2011 Szigeti Brut Rose' Pinot Noir Burgenland, Austria 13% ABV, $25 -Sparkling

Beautiful crystal pink color with a delicate nose of fresh strawberry, clean mineral, pure crushed raspberry and a hint of fresh bread. There are also subtle notes of ginger spice and tangerine. The palate is fresh and energetic with more tangerine, peach, and wild strawberry notes with underlying minerality. Well balanced and a little savory on the finish. Lasts well in the glass, and satisfies. 88 Pts

 2015 Dom. Tournon "Mathilda" M. Chapoutier Victoria, Australia  12%ABV, $16 -Still

Light and refreshing with notes of dried strawberries, savory mineral Earth, and some subtle dried flowers. The palate is fresh and light with strawberry, raspberry, tangerine, a little dried herbs and fresh acidity, There's a pleasant chewy texture on the finish as well. 86 Pts

NV Francios Montand Brut Rose' Jura, France 11% ABV,  $15 -Sparkling

This sparkling wine has a lovely Salmon color and a finessed overall character. The nose is clean and refreshing with subtle raspberry fruit and tart fresh strawberry. The palate is light and peppy with more strawberry and raspberry notes, a bit of mineral underneath, some toast, and easy acidity. granache and cinsault, made in the traditional method of Champagne. 87 Pts

NV Zardetto "Z" Rose Spumante Veneto, Italy 12% ABV, $17 -Sparkling

The nose is crisp and clean with delicate strawberry, dried red cherry, mineral, and a hint of bread dough. The palate has a soft texture and creamy bubbles, with wild strawberries, a savory note, nice minerality, and some earthiness. Food friendly. 100% Raboso Varonese. 87 Pts

NV Juve & Camps Brut Rose Cava DO, Spain 12% ABV, $16 -Sparkling

This one has a beautiful, crystalline, ruby color that is stunning on the table. The nose has nice depth with ripe, dried, strawberry and dried cherry, some sweet dried flowers and a tart little nip. The palate is clean and dry with raspberry fruit, mineral underneath, and zippy bubbles. There is a long satisfying finish with lingering minerality. 100% Pinot Noir 88 Pts.