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More Pink Stuff, Anyone? Midsummer Rosé Review

Ok, ok. So summer has only been around for 3 weeks but we are at the midway point between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That means it's time to take a good, long, hard look at your rosé stocks and ensure that you have enough to get you to September 23 (and beyond for you year-rounders (they do exist!)). In the interest of helping you with this light-hearted task, I will now take you through our current rosé selection, broken down into three categories below for your convenience. All of these wines are in stock and ready to arrive at your door today. Nothing says summer like a Saturday rosé delivery. Take advantage!


A Bit More Playful


Reine Juliette Syrah-Grenache Rosé 2018 

A focused, fresh and mineral Pays d'Oc rosé from the Languedoc. The crisp red fruit is balanced nicely with the taut acidity. This is a flavorful and aromatic rosé perfect for weeknights, lazy weekend afternoons and parties.


Graci Etna Rosato 2018 

Volcanic pink-fruited Sicilian rosato from the slopes of Mt. Etna made from Nerello Mascalese. Fresh, aromatic, zippy, mineral and a little spicy. The perfect balance between crowd-pleasing and interesting with some appreciable depth and complexity.


Sidonio de Sousa Rosé Brut Nature (2015) 

This Portuguese sparkler made from the Baga grape is one of my favorite pound for pound sparkling wines. It offers tremendous value. Crisp and refreshing with soft pink fruits, it also serves up some subtle earthy and savory notes as well. I have begun more meals with this wine over the last few years than any other in the shop. Works great as an aperitif or with food.


A Bit More Serious 


Jadot Rosé de Marsannay 'Domaine Clair-Dau' 2018 

Weighty and structured 100% Pinot Noir rosé from Burgundy. After some time in the glass the structure gives way to a stony, stocky and textured minerality. This is a substantial rosé that will go well with some of your more substantial summer meals and will also age nicely over the next few years.


RYME Cellars Aglianico Rosé Heringer Vineyard Clarksburg 2018 

A rosé made from our favorite Southern Italian grape varietal produced by one of our favorite American winemaking teams. The resulting wine is as delicious as you might hope. The delta breezes of the Heringer Vineyard prevent this Aglianico from taking on the dark, brooding character we are used to in the varietal. What you have instead here is a more elegant and bright version of Aglianico vinified into an airy, aromatic, red-fruited wine that is textured and delicate.


Chateau Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 

A stone cold classic rosé from Provence. Fine, focused energy; herbaceous, briny minerality. If you've been a customer with us for any period of time, you know this is a summer staple at MCF.


Le Clos Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 

See all the descriptors from the Chateau Peyrassol above, crank up the intensity, density and structure while retaining all the elegance and you've got this, the even more ageworthy Le Clos Peyrassol. This is quite frankly one of the best rosés in the world. It is delicious now but it will also cellar nicely for many years.


A Bit More Psychedelic


Lopez de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Vina Tondonia 2009  (7 bottles available)

A serious and singular bottle of rosé loaded with texture and flavor. Red fruits, stone fruits, citrus, herbaceous, mineral, nutty, rich, fresh. This bottle contains a cacophony of nearly every descriptor in the wine playbook but it somehow all blends together for a harmonious and complex experience. You truly have to taste it to understand what's happening here. With ten years already behind it, this wine still has some great life ahead.


Painting above is Roses and Bumblebees by Paul de Longpré.


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Chris Conway

MCF Rare Wine, Ltd

249 West 13th Street NYC 10014