Refreshing Rosato

When it comes to rosés — and what better time to consider these delectable pink refreshers than right now, as we head into steamy August? – I generally prefer the pale, orange-hued beauties from Provence. I find much other rosé, those pietra-santa-rosato_bottle-2.jpgshowing a darker, more crimson palate, to be heavy and ponderous and that, for me, defeats the whole point of the wine – it should be light, fresh and preferably possessing a touch of minerality, but most importantly, it should be eminently quaffable.

That’s why I tend to avoid the California versions as too many of them are cherry colored and dense, and that is how I found last year’s offering from Pietra Santa, their Rosato 2006. Besides it was made from sangiovese, a grape not given to producing great rosé, and weighed in at a brutal 15% alcohol.

But the winemaker seems to have experienced a revelation – or perhaps it’s just a happy accident – but this years offering, the Pietra Santa Rosato 2007 couldn’t be more different. It’s a delicious pale pink gem tinged with a hint of orange, and light but with finely balanced fresh fruit flavors and flinty, wet stone minerality. Moreover, it’s made from dolchetto, a grape that even in its more common, red, incarnation makes a light and fruity wine. At only 13.6% alcohol, it’s the perfect vino for an August lunch on the terrace, or an aperitif by the pool as the evening sets in.

NWOW Rating:
A five star wine!
When to Drink: Now
Breathing/Decanting: Not necessary
Food Pairing: : Light summer lunches, salads, lobster, hamburgers off the grill, BBQ chicken, almost anything you want to eat on a hot summers evening.
Grapes: Dolcetto
Appellation: Cienega Valley
Region: California
Country: USA
Price: $15
Availability: Limited, try the winery
Web Site: www.pietrasantawinery.com
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