Love is in the air. When you and your date sit down over a dimly lit meal this Valentine’s Day, you’ll need to pick out the perfect bottle of wine. Nothing screams romance louder than a nice rosé!
Most rosé is made from traditionally “red wine” grapes. Most commonly, the grapes are fermented in the traditional manner – crushed, and left in contact with the skins. But the skins are, essentially, strained out after only a few days. For traditional red wine, the skins are left for the entire fermentation process. Straining out the skins reduces the tannin in the wine – the chemical that causes the mouth-puckering effect that most red wines have. Rosés are normally acidic and tangy with raspberry or other berry fruit flavors and should be served chilled, around 40° to 50° Fahrenheit. Here are a few of my current favorites.
Piper Sonoma NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Sonoma County ($18)
Pale pink; bright and juicy with fresh, juicy raspberry; clean and long. 89 Points
Frank Family Vineyards 2011 Brut Rosé Sparkling ($45)
Pale pink; smooth, ripe, balanced; juicy, fresh and charming. 90 Points
Schramsberg Vineyard 2007 J. Schram North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling ($150)
Pale salmon color; smooth, lush and toasty with depth, rich fruit and a long, polished finish. 93 Points
Bernard Remy NV Brut Rosé Champagne ($44)
Soft strawberry nose; copper color; bright and juicy with clean, racy fruit flavors; smooth and long. 91 Points
Henriot NV Brut Rosé Champagne ($70)
Coral pink; smooth, lush and juicy with crisp acidity and smooth texture; long and balanced, refined. 93 Points
Charles Heidsieck 2006 Millésimé Rosé Champagne ($150)
Pale salmon color; toasty, yeasty nose; lush and juicy with finesse and elegant style; complex, rich and balanced; long and intense. 95 Points
Dom Pérignon 2004 Brut Rosé Champagne ($320)
Salmon pink; yeasty, rich and long; elegant, juicy and precise; lively and complex; long and balanced. 95 Points