Rosé gives a perception of sweetness, but its cotton candy color can be deceiving.
Beckett's Table just added an additional section to their wine list featuring all rosé wines, most of which are Provençal in style. This dryer style, characteristic of the Southern France, is as common on French dinner tables as a knife and fork. It's crisp, refreshing and lower in tannins.
Always up for a challenge himself, Justin Beckett figured why not challenge rosé skeptics to try a full range of rosés, from the stereotypically sweet and light profiles to the more abundant dry and rich varieties. Which rosés are kicking off this wine challenge?
Find out after the jump.
Offered by the glass, pichet and bottle, you can enjoy any one (or more than one) of the several rotating rosés on the list: NV Mumm Rosé Sparkling - Pinot Noir (Napa, CA) NV Simonnet-Febvre Cremant Brut Rosé Sparkling - Pinot Noir (Bourgogne, FR) 2010 Pillsbury "One Night Stand" Rosé - Sangiovese (Tombstone, AZ) 2009 Dom. des Cantarelles "Fayel" Rosé - Cabernet Franc (Languedoc-Roussillon, FR) 2010 Sand-Reckoner Rosé - Nebbiolo (Cochise County, AZ) 2010 Dos Cabezas "Pink" - Garnacha/Primitivo (Sonoita, AZ) 2010 Isabel Mondavi "Deep Rose" - Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, CA)
We tasted through the full gamut of current rosés on the opening night of the new rosé list this past Sunday, and the local wines killed it.
Pillsbury's "One Night Stand" and Dos Cabezas' "Pink" offer the most drinkability reminiscent of sun-kissed strawberries, while the Sand-Reckoner Rosé has incredible depth (the wine is fermented partially in neutral French oak barriques and partially in stainless steel tanks). The Sand-Reckoner was also a staff favorite (and is rumored to be Sam Pillsbury's favorite as well). Incredibly limited, there are only 60 cases of Sand-Reckoner Rosé in existence.
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Beckett's sommelier paired this past week's smoked salmon nosh plate with the "Fayel" rosé from France (the nosh plate will change every Sunday to be paired with varying rosés). And for good reason. The acidity level of this wine is a bit higher than the others, allowing the wine to cut through the richness of the house-made yukon gold potato chip "nachos" with créme fraîche, smoked salmon, charred green onion, capers and tarragon.
Either of the sparkling wines would make a perfect start to a big family meal, and the Isabel Mondavi "Deep Rosé" is storied to be made just for mom. As the story goes, Mrs. Mondavi asked her son to make a wine that she'd enjoy drinking, and so he did. This rosé is much deeper in color made from Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and cold soaked on the skins for that richer cranberry color. It also has a touch of residual sugar (RS) for a touch of sweetness.
All of these wines are best served ice cold: poolside, on a picnic or casually over lunch (particularly on Sundays when bottles are half off at Beckett's). As if you needed yet another reason to try a new rosé, every bottle of sold from now through October will help to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.