Joyful Wines: Rosés for Spring

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Astor’s Head Wine Buyer, Lorena Ascencios, discusses three of her favorite new bottles for rosé season.

Lorena’s Picks:

Coteaux de Varois Rosé, Dom. la Colombe – 2013
Jubilant red strawberries jump from the glass on this cheerful rosé. The Coteaux de Varois is a smaller appellation in the center of Provence. Composed of Cinsault and Carignan growing in chalky soils, this ultra-fresh wine has fine structure and a fruity profile. A touch of grape tannins on the finish means this is great with a meal, especially alongside pesto, vegetables, herbed chicken, and prosciutto.

Marsannay Rosé, Dom. Bart – 2013
Pinot Noir doesn’t have to be limited to red wines. The village of Marsannay in the north of Burgundy is well-known for its array of dry rosés that charm all of us Pinot fans.

Ch. Hourtin-Ducasse “Les Roses de Marie,” Haut-Médoc – 2013
Packed with red fruits and floral flavors, this rosé is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Médoc region. It has a good weight and structure with a spicy, long finish. Pair the wine with skirt steak salad or with shrimp cocktail.