What is rosé wine? Every Spring and Summer we dive right into this mysterious and delicious pink wine but, what is it exactly?

The first thing to know is how rosé gets its color. It actually comes from the skins of the grapes. Rosé wine will occur when the skins have very little contact with the juice of the grapes. So, it’s actually the winemaker that makes the decision of how long to allow the skins to stay in contact; the longer the time, the darker in color the wine will be. That is the reason you’re able to buy a pink wine made from “red” wine grapes like Pinot Noir. In fact, in Champagne, France, and many other sparkling wine regions, many favorite “white” sparkling wines actually have “red” grape varietals in the wine. They are able to do this by not allowing the grape skins to make ANY contact whatsoever with the juice, therefore producing a “white” wine. Just like magic! Now, there are other ways to create rosé wine, but this is the most common method used.

So, from all of that, you would think that rosé would be made from any and all any red grape varietals, like Cabernet or Merlot. However, there are definitely some that work better than others. Some common red grapes used to make rosé are Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay and Pinot Meunier. There are MANY others, however, some varietals are grown only in the region they are from.  While all rosés are made differently, there are some common flavor characteristics: strawberry, citrus fruits, melon, and flowers. Factors like climate, soil type, grape varietal and, of course, the winemaker’s decisions, will affect the final profile of each rosé wine.

Here are a few wines we tasted at our Tuesday Night Tasting 6/25/19
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Torres De Casta Rosé, Spain
Tasting Notes: Elegant cherry color over a light purple background. Fine floral aroma reminiscent of flowers such as mimosa and iris, complemented by discreet fruity hints (plums, cherries). Its smooth, rich palate and delicate aromas are prolonged in the finish. 

LaLuca Sparkling Rosé, Veneto, Italy
Tasting Notes: Salmon in color, with a bright pink core. Aromas of strawberries, cranberry, hibiscus and freshly baked bread are intertwined with a bouquet of citrus and sweet spice. This refreshing, well-balanced, light, crisp and juicy sparking rosé has bright acidity and a clean, off-dry finish.  

Bieler Père et Fils Rosé, Provence, France
Tasting Notes: This blend of Grenache and Syrah is soft and bright, with plenty of red-berry and currant flavors. There is a bead of salinity that gives way to interwoven aromas and flavors of savory herbs, cherry, blood orange, almond and black licorice, all held together with a backbone of vibrant acidity. The color is a pale, but vibrant, copper.Its fruitiness and balanced acidity make for an immediately attractive, easy wine. The skins of the Mourvèdre grape add more color then Grenache or Syrah which is why Bandol rosé tends to be a bit darker than others. 

Âme du Vin Rosé, Provence, France
Tasting Notes: Âme du Vin (pronounced Ahm-du-VAHN) “Soul of Wine” embodies the sun-drenched beauty of Côtes de Provence with distinctive elegance. Expressive notes of fresh apricot, citrus and jasmine flower delight the senses, yielding an exceptional rosé with balance and length.

If you have any questions or would like to order these wines or would like any other information, please contact me, Emilie Zeiger, at wineshop@murphys.com


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