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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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Viewing Life Through Rose-Colored Wine in Central Park

Château d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé Whispering Angel 2008

Alison Napjus
Posted: June 15, 2010

Summer is kicking into gear in Manhattan, but the evenings have still been cool enough that it’s pleasant to sit outside with a refreshing glass of wine. Accordingly, one night, I headed to the Boathouse Restaurant, located inside Central Park, for a drink with some friends.

The Boathouse has an outdoor patio and bar situated next to the park’s lake, and while there you can watch tourists rowing around, or being paddled in gondolas, and often enjoy some live music. This lovely setting was enhanced by the Whispering Angel rosé that the bar was pouring. This is the more affordable of the bottlings from Château d’Esclans, a high-end rosé project from Sacha Lichine.

The wine was a textbook example of Provencal rosé; dry with just a hint of juiciness, and displaying subtle fruit flavors of raspberry and plum. It wasn’t over the top, and this elegance made it easy to sip the evening away. I rated it 89 points, non-blind. Of course, such an enjoyable experience comes with a price tag, in this case, $12 per glass.

Central Park Boathouse Cafe
72 Central Park West (Inside Central Park, entering at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street)
New York, NY 10023-6006
Telephone: (212) 517-2233
Website: www.thecentralparkboathouse.com

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Château d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé Whispering Angel 2008 (88, $20).

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