Now that the days are turning sunnier (if not warmer, at least in my part of the woods), my winey thoughts are turning to wines of a lighter nature. A big old red next to the fire on a snowy night is perfect. But many of us change our wine selections with the season, so I thought it'd be a good idea to offer up some springy wines for our taste buds.
Both of these wines come courtesy of Alexander Valley Vineyards and while they're very different wines, they both would be perfect spring sippers.
First up, The Dry Rosé of Sangiovese (2012, 13.2%, CA). The first thing you notice is the gorgeous pink color. It's the same pink as the impatiens that I know will be growing in my garden someday. (Gardeners in NE Ohio must have faith.) The nose was lovely! Full of strawberry and raspberry and flowers. But...the taste was something quite different. Tart citrus with some melon around the edges and strawberry at the end. It was like sniffing a Moscato and sipping a Sauvignon Blanc. What a combo! The finish lingered tartly with some more strawberry slipping through. It's not as thin a wine as you'd think either - it held up nicely in my mouth with some roundness to it.
If you went for this wine expecting a fruity treat, you need to read the label once again: it does say DRY Rosé. My best advice is to expect the unexpected here - it's not what it smells or looks like, but it does have some wonderfully subtle flavors. I'm not sure it's a wine for the masses - like at a party - but it IS a wine for the dry wine lover at end of a long, hot day, paired with shellfish and sourdough bread on the patio.
This wine really surprised me - in a good way! Such a new blend of flavors and aromas. Definitely worth a try (it retails for about $12) if you want to step away from the sweeter wines, but still want a little spring taste in your mouth.
So I started the spring sipping season here in the Winey household on a high note. It's always a good thing when you get some new flavors and tastes in your mouth. It keeps your Ohio mind off the fact that it's snowing. Again.
I was sent these wines for review purposes. The opinions are all my own.