I took my 10-year-old daughter, Isabel, to dinner the other evening after her choir practice in York—not New York, but old York, in England. She was bright and lovely as always. We went to a local Italian restaurant called Strada and enjoyed a good meal of pizza and grilled salmon.
I couldn’t decide on what wine to have by the glass. But I finally went for a light red that is more of a rosé, or blush wine, called a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo. It was a 2006, and I didn’t ask to see the bottle. Apparently, it was from a producer called Fonteluna, but I have no information on it.
The wine was pretty good in a slightly funky, organic way. It showed aromas of strawberries and citrus fruit with a zesty and light, earthy undertone. It was medium-bodied, with a sweet aftertaste of watermelons. I scored it 84 points, non-blind.
It was sort of funny that the waiter was very surprised when I ordered the glass of wine ."‘But that is rosé?" he said in a sort of disapproving tone.
"I would like to try it anyway," I replied.
I was glad I did. It was a nice change. I just noticed, however, that I haven’t tasted a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo for about four years now in an official tasting for the magazine, and I am wondering if anybody really cares about these wines? I imagine that there isn’t much difference over the years with these simple blush wines of Abruzzo, and, as much as the U.S. wine trade spoke about how hot rosé was a few years back, I don’t think that many serious wine consumers drink the stuff.
This said, Domaine Tempier’s Bandol Rosé is one of my favorite wines to drink any time of the year. I love drinking it on a warm summer's night with friends alfresco in Tuscany or Los Angeles., but I am not a big rosé drinker otherwise.
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