This latest entry might as well be called, “What I'm drinking now and for the next couple of months.”
Folks know I'm pretty fond of big reds made from Rhône varieties—except when it’s 85 degrees on the back porch. But during the summer, I don't want to give up complexity in a wine or the ability to match it with food when the weather gets warm. That's where a great rosé comes in.
This rosé from France’s Provence region is made from a blend of equal parts Mourvèdre and Cinsault. With its pale salmon color, porcelainlike mouthfeel and alluring notes of dried cherry, watermelon rind and rose petal, Château Pibarnon’s rosé can be a refreshing aperitif—but it also has the complexity and underlying acidity to match with food. I paired it with lamb burgers, heavy on the Vietnamese coriander and grilled over Alder wood. I rated the wine 90 points, non-blind, and found it for $24.
WineSpectator.com members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated reds and rosés from the Bandol appellation.