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Thursday, May 10, 2007

La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux Rosé 2005

I'm determined to get more rosés into my diet this summer. The poor things have had their reputations unfairly sullied because they're similar in appearance to sweet pink wines, which they are decidedly not, and there are some examples on the shelf that are real bargains.

Case in point: the La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux Rosé 2005 is quite dry, with a streak of acidity that gives it the flexibility to pair with food as well being sipped as an apéritif. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, its light nose suggests spicy rhubarb, while on the palate it delivers a mix of strawberry and raspberry. This isn't a big rosé -- we'll get to those next week -- but it's a nice, inexpensive ($8) non-white deck beverage that could be pressed into service as a competent companion to ham, grilled salmon, grilled chicken or barbequed shrimp.
M. Zane Grey, 6:59 AM