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Five Rosés

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Rosés aren’t just warm weather quaffers for Adams-Heritier and Associates, we drink and enjoy them all year around. For instance, these five little pinkies provided some good-to-excellent swigging lately as the air turned rather Autumnal.

2009 Yellow + Blue Spain Rosé Alicante, 1 L Tetre Pac, $9.99: Raspberry pink color; Kim calls this wine “dangerous,” because it’s so quaffable. Rich, ripe and almost pungent, but rather earthy at the same time, which helps balance things out for me. Intense dusty black cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors and aromas, medium-full bodied, with some structure and tannins to it. This will probably hold and develop for a few years. Almost, but not quite, too intense for the kind of rosé that I prefer, this stays just this side of over-the-top and offers good value for the price, and the tetra pac makes it versatile in that you can take it where glass isn’t practical. Find this wine

Imported by J. SOIF, INC., Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

We were pleasantly surprised at how good the following wine is when we first tried it at the Michigan Food and Wine Showcase last spring, so we’ve been picking up more since and our opinion hasn’t changed one bit.

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2008 Tabor Hill Lake Michigan Shore Cabernet Franc Rosé, 12% alc., $9.99: Peachy salmon pink; rich and fairly ripe, but not unduly so, with strawberry, watermelon and peach flavors and aromas. Medium-to-medium-full bodied, with enough acidity to make it all work, and if I’d like a little more minerality, I can’t fault what IS here. Find this wine

2005 Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Rosé, 13.5% alc., $9.99: Strawberry pink, with an almost Loire-like minerality to it, a little funky and flinty; the fruit has faded some, but is still holding in there, totally dry and under-ripe, with stony strawberry character. Still some intensity here, medium full bodied and some structure as well. I like it for the stony minerality, but I’m not sure how long it’ll hold together. Find this wine

Imported by Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA

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2009 Saint Roch Les Vignes Cotes de Provence Rosé, 13.5% alc., $12.99: Watermelon-peach pink color, with a rich, not-quite-thick-almost-creamy texture offset with ample acidity; textbook stony mineral, under-ripe strawberry and watermelon flavors and aromas make for a delightfully refreshing rose on a medium-to-medium-full bodies frame, and all for a very reasonable price. We’ll be going back for more of this, that’s a promise! Find this wine

Jeff Welburn Selections, Imported by Wine Agencies, Inc., Van Nuys, CA

We’ve posted previously on the pleasures of drinking Chateau Virgile Costiere de Nimes Blanc, so when I saw their rosé on a local retail shelf, it was pretty much a no-brainer to pick one up and give it a try.

2008 Chateau Virgile Costiere de Nimes Rosé, $9.99: Strawberry pink, with pleasant strawberry and raspberry flavors and aromas; dense, fairly intense, with a certain ripeness to it and somewhat low in acidity, giving an impression of slightly plump smoothness. More than medium bodied, and despite the low acidity, has more things going for it than detracting. Give it a chill and suck it down while the weather’s still warm. Find this wine

Imported by United Estates Wine Imports, Ltd., Columbus, OH

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