Craig and Judy (collectively, the Catz) had a fine time this summer exploring rosé wines from all over the globe. We learned that we really, really love rosé, and are a bit miffed at wine distributors, sellers, or whatever powers that be, that, if pinkish wines are to appear on local shelves at all, choose unworthy white zins and the like.
Summer waned and our focus wandered to wintery reds. But we weren’t quite ready to stop drinking rosé. In fact, we rather disagree with the common thought that rosé is a summer wine. We think that rosé is a wine to bridge all seasons. Lovely for sipping and a match for so many foods – it is perhaps one of the best candidates to be a safe bet as a holiday hostess gift when you are invited to a dinner party.
And our wine today was the embodiment of all that is good about “real” rosé. Coppola’s Sofia Rosé (2010) is a blend Grenache and Syrah and it is a stunner. Beautifully packaged, gorgeously rose colored, for us it displayed a fine nose of watermelon, lime zest, and lavender with hints of cedar. In the mouth, charmingly redolent of red fruits, flowers, and a kiss of sweet herbs, it gives it flavors generously, backed by perfectly balanced acids that brought us back for another sip, then another. At the end, we were wowed by a long finish that smacks of wildflower honey and lemon.
This wine is packaged, and marketed in a very feminine style, with a gracefully shaped bottle. I asked Craig if he found that the least off-putting. And he said it was a bit, for a guy. It is not the kind of bottle a guy buys for himself. However, this is the exact bottle of wine anyone would want to give to a valentine, or a present as a classy hostess gift at a holiday dinner. Now, having tasted it, we need no excuse. Nothing would keep us away.
Retail $19 – we feel this is a good price for a special wine.
Sofia 2010 was rated 90 pts by the Wine enthusiast.